Aggies Fall At Seattle 58-52

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - New Mexico State trimmed a 10-point second half deficit to just one with 4:56 to play, but were held to just four points the rest of the way as Seattle University snagged a 58-52 Western Athletic Conference victory Saturday night at KeyArena.

The Aggies (10-10, 2-1 WAC) pulled within a point a 49-48 on an Ian Baker right elbow jumper just inside the arc, but the Redhawks (9-8, 2-1 WAC) answered with an Isiah Umipig 3-pointer that was a dagger to the NM State comeback attempt.

NM State cut it again with a Tshilidzi Nephawe put back, but a quick Redhawk reply by Jadon Cohee and an Aggie turnover that led to a Shore Adenekan dunk with 2:23 to play gave Seattle U. a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

“They just beat us,” said NM State coach Marvin Menzies. “We didn’t have a lot of rhythm, and got out of sync.

“But we lost to a team tonight that played well. They shot it well and didn’t turn it over much. You’ve got to hand it to them.”

The Aggies got 17 points and eight rebounds from redshirt freshman Pascal Siakam. Nephawe posted his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds as “Chili” blocked two shots in his second game back on the floor. Baker tallied 10 points.

Seattle U. was led by senior Jarell Flora who scored 16 points and grabbed seven boards. William Powell equaled a career high with 14 points, while Adenekan posted 11.

NM State held Umipig, the Redhawks leading scorer who was averaging 17.7 points a game, to a season-low seven points in the contest.

However, SU held Aggie leading scorer Remi Barry to a season-low four points.

“We did a great job on Umipig,” said Menzies. “But others stepped up for them. We got their best game.”

But that didn’t mean the Aggies didn’t have its strong points.

“Chili did a great job tonight. He played 24 minutes and good minutes at that,” Menzies added. “And Matt (Taylor) also gave us good minutes when he was in.”

The Aggies shot just 40 percent for the game, but were out shot by the Redhawks who hit 51 percent from the field.

NM State outrebounded Seattle U. 31-27, but turned the ball over 11 times to the Redhawks eight.

The Aggies saw their five-game win streak ended with the loss. Seattle U. picked up its first win in seven tries. SU last beat NM State on Feb. 20, 1971, with a 77-71 win at the old Seattle Coliseum. The Aggies had won all three meetings last season.

New Mexico State returns to the Pan American Center for a 3-game WAC homestand starting on Thursday when WAC leader Grand Canyon visits for a 7 p.m. game.