NMSU Men's Basketball Falls At Colorado State 64-61

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

FT. COLLINS, CO - An extended scoring drought in the second half saw the NM State men’s basketball team drop a 64-61 decision to Colorado State Sunday afternoon at Moby Arena.

“I thought both teams played hard, I just thought they [Colorado State] played harder for longer stretches then we did,” head coach Paul Weir said. “I think in the second half we got into some lulls offensively and couldn’t score for a while. It then turned into a defensive game and they [CSU] happened to be the better defensive team down the stretch.”

Ian Baker led the Aggies (1-1) with 16 points while Eli Chuha tallied 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Jemerrio Jones had a solid night once again for NM State, scoring nine points on nine boards with two blocks and two steals.

The Aggies opened the game shooting well, knocking down 4-of-6 shots at the 15:31 media timeout. A 10-2 run following that capped off by a great entry pass into the low block by Jones to Chuha forced Colorado State to call a timeout with 12:27 on the clock.

A 5:05 scoring drought by NM State was finally halted when Jones knocked down a 3-pointer from the far side gave the Aggies a 22-12 lead. Foul trouble coupled with NM State settling for 3-pointers in the latter part of the first half allowed CSU to bring the game within 30-26 with 2:46 left in the half.

A short jumper, steal and drunk from Sidy N’Dir as the first-half wound down gave NM State the 32-29 lead heading in to the half, but not before the Rams hit 14-of-17 free-throws to cut the Aggie lead.

Colorado State took its first lead of the game, 33-32, on a pair of free-throws from J.D. Paige and forced Weir to call a timeout after a jumper from CSU completed a 6-0 run. Jones then rattled in 3-pointer out of the timeout and knotted things up at 35.

Seven lead changes, five ties and numerous fouls later, the Rams used another 6-0 run to take the 53-49 lead with 7:59 left in the game. Colorado State grabbed its largest lead of the game, 59-49, on a put-back by Emmanuel Omogbo.

N’Dir stopped the 5:59 scoring drought for NM State when he drained his two free-throws. Back-to-back triples from Baker and Braxton Huggins sandwiched a Braden Koelliker layup to cut the Rams’ lead to 61-57 on the ensuing possessions. With the Aggies trailing 63-59, Chuha’s layup in the paint brought NM State within 63-61 with 46 seconds remaining.

After a great hustle play by N’Dir on the defensive end gave NM State the ball back with 28.6 seconds left to play, a critical turnover with nine seconds remaining gave Colorado State the 64-61 victory after a missed 3-pointer by NM State.

As a team, the Aggies were out-rebounded 47-35 and outshot 25-to-11 at the free-throw line. CSU also had a 16-2 advantage in second-chance points.

NM State now returns home for the first game of the University San Diego Classic against Samford at 7 p.m. (MT) on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The Aggies then go up the road for the first installment of the Battle of I-25 with New Mexico on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m.