Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
DENVER, CO - NM State men’s basketball floor general Ian Baker was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the second-consecutive week Monday morning by the conference. Baker led the Aggies to two huge road games last week over Battle of I-10 rival UTEP and Arizona State.
Baker is the first player this season to earn back-to-back conference weekly honors after averaging 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in those two games for NM State.
The Washington, D.C., product first led New Mexico State to its second rivalry win in four days last Tuesday against UTEP on the road with a game-high 20 points and five boards. In that same game, Baker became the 34th player in NM State history to record 1,000 career points.
Then, on Saturday, Baker lit the Arizona State defense up with 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to give the Aggies a resounding 81-70 victory in Tempe. The win also pushed NM State’s win-streak to eight games, matching last year’s win-streak as head coach Paul Weir becomes the first head coach to win eight-straight in his first year since Arthur Bergman in 19020-21.
NM State’s first victory over a Power 5 opponent since the 2004-05 season when they defeated Northwestern on a neutral floor. The last true road victory over a Power 5 team for NM State was against USC in the Preseason NIT to open the 1993-94 season. The Last time NM State defeated a Pac-12 opponent was back in 1999 when the Aggies defeated Washington, 79-75 (OT2), at home.
Weir and company return to the Pan American Center tonight, Dec. 19, for a 7 p.m. contest against UC Irvine to start its three-game homestand. Tonight’s game versus UCI is the first opportunity for fans to take advantage of the 4-for-$40 ticket promotion where fans gets four tickets, four hot dogs and four soft drinks. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Pan American Center Ticket Office or by phone at 575-646-1420.