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Aggies Fall To Hawai'i On The Road 76-70 | bleedCrimson.net :: Your Source for NMSU Aggies Sports News

Aggies Fall To Hawai'i On The Road 76-70

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The New Mexico State men's basketball team fell 76-70 at Hawai'i on Saturday night dropping to 8-6 in WAC play and in the process dropping behind Boise State (9-6) for second place in the standings. Junior forward Troy Gillenwater was hampered by a thumb injury and finished with just six points while the Aggie centers were held scoreless in the loss.

Troy Gillenwater scored the game's first basket to give the Aggies a 2-0 lead but the Warriors would go on an 8-0 run getting layups against the Aggie defense. The Aggies would claw back to within two down 14-12 but Hawai'i would respond with an 8-2 run to take a 22-14 lead. UH's Zane Johnson would bury a three to give Hawai'i a 25-16 lead with 8:20 left but; Hernst Laroche would answer with a jumper to cut the Warriors' lead to seven at 25-18 with 7:17 left to play. Hawai'i would get back-to-back threes to take a 31-20 lead with 5:43 left in the first half prompting a 30-second timeout by the Aggies. New Mexico State would respond out of the timeout clamping down on defense as they would hold the Warriors to just four points in the final five and half minutes while going on a 13-4 run to cut the deficit to just two at 35-33 heading into halftime.

Out of the half the Aggies would tie the game at 35 on a basket from Bandja Sy but the Warriors would take a 40-37 lead on a Zane Johnson triple with 18:34 left to play. Tyrone Watson would get a bucket to cut the lead to one at 40-39 with 17:54 left to play but the Warriors would go on a 10-2 run to take a 50-41 lead with 15:29 left to play.

The Warriors would extend their lead to 13 with 11:56 left to play after a bucket from Bill Amis made the score 56-43 but the Aggies would answer with a 9-2 run to cut the Warriors' lead to just six at 58-52 with 8:41 left to play. The Warriors would get a three point play to extend their lead back to nine but New Mexico State would cut the lead back to five at 65-60 with 5:37 left to play.

The Aggies would trail by six after Troy Gillenwater hit one of two free throws with 4:06 left to play, his only point of the second half. Tryone Watson would trim the deficit to four, 67-63, after a pair of free throws with 2:14 left to play but the Aggies would get no closer the rest of the way as UH would extend their lead to 10 up 74-64 with 35 seconds left to play. The Aggies would close the game on a 6-2 run to make the final score 76-70 as the Warriors would dribble out the final 10 seconds.

Christian Kabongo finished with a game-high 22 points as he hit 12-of-14 free throws and 5-of-8 shots from the floor. Gordo Castillo finished with 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting including 4-of-10 from three point distance.

Zane Johnson also tied for game-high honors with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting including 6-of-12 from behind the three point arc. Bill Amis finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Vander Joaquim added 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Warriors.

The Aggies were out-rebounded 42-30 in the game and were outscored 34-24 in the paint.

The Aggies fall to 14-15 overall and 8-6 in league play and return to action on Wednesday night against Utah State in a nationally televised game on ESPN2 with a 9:00 p.m (MT) tipoff.