Aggie Basketball Loses Round One Of Rio Grande Rivalry, 79-70

The Aggie men's basketball team got a career-high 15 points from forward Renaldo Dixon to go along with 16 points from junior guard Daniel Mullings but it was not enough as poor shooting from their teammates doomed the Aggies on Wednesday night in the first game of the Rio Grande Rivalry with in-state rival New Mexico.

The Lobos hit four three pointers in the first half en-route to a ten point, 39-29 halftime lead. The Aggies shot just 33.3 percent in the first half connecting on just nine field goals while UNM countered with 46.7 percent shooting hitting 14 of their 30 first half shot attempts.

The Aggies took an early 2-0 lead on a Daniel Mullings bucket but the Lobos would take an early 10-7 lead. The Aggies tied the game at 13 but a 9-2 run pushed UNM's lead out to eight at 24-16. The Aggies would go on a 5-0 run spurred by a technical foul call on UNM's Kendall Williams and a dunk from Renaldo Dixon to cut the UNM lead to 28-23 with 8:06 left in the half but the Aggies would score just six points the remainder of the half as the Lobos scored 11 to go into the break up 39-29.

Daniel Mullings came out aggressively in the second half and helped the Aggies cut the lead to four at 43-39 with 16:39 left to play and the Aggies trailed by just four after a three pointer from KC Ross-Miller with 13:15 left but the Aggies would get no closer the remainder of the game. The Lobos held an 11 point lead at 58-47 with 8:50 left to play but the Aggies would close to within six points at 62-56 with 5:52 remaining. However, the Lobos would go on a 5-0 run to push the lead back out to 11 over the course of the next minute and maintained their cushion as the Aggies would fall 79-70.

The Lobos were led in scoring by Kendall Williams' 24 points. Williams was just 5-of-9 from the field but hit 2-of-3 three point attempts and was 12-for-15 from the free throw line. Cameron Bairstow added 20 points for UNM and was 7-of-19 from the field and 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.

The Aggies head to the road for a four game stretch that includes games at nationally ranked Gonzaga and Arizona as well as games at Drake before wrapping up with a rematch with the Lobos in Albuquerque.