NMSU Men's Basketball Downs Texas A&M International

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s basketball recorded its 12th-straight victory Tuesday night with an 80-42 victory over Texas A&M International in the Pan American Center.

“Obviously we got off to a great start, and then about the second media we were talking about ‘this is about us’, trying to execute, play better, compete better and compete smarter,” Aggie head coach Chris Jans said. “[We’re] kind of playing against the game at that point and try to use it to try and get better and work on us.”

New Mexico State (23-4, 11-1 WAC) got off to a quick 2-0 start after winning the tip and never looked back, jumping out to an 11-3 lead at the 15:41 media break. After their first bucket with 19:15 on the clock, the Dustdevils were held without a field-goal until the 11:34 mark when Danny Spinuzza hit his second three of the night to make it 25-6 in favor of the Aggies.

TAMIU finally got its offense going and got within 33-17 of the Aggies at the 3:04 media break but a three from JoJo Zamora followed by a steal and drunk from Trevelin Queen put NM State on top 41-20 at the half.

The second-half didn’t see much difference as NM State outscored nearly doubled up the Dustdevils (5-19, 2-9 HC) thanks to solid play from the entire roster. Queen had the play of the second frame, taking the ball from TAMIU’s Xabier Gomez for a one-handed windmill dunk that had the crowd erupting.

All 14 available players recorded double-digit minutes for NM State, making it the third time this season the Aggies have had 14 players register 10-plus minutes in a single game.

Eli Chuha inched near that 1,000 points mark Tuesday with 14 points and four boards on 6-of-9 shooting to lead the team. Queen also had 14 points of his own, knocking down 6-of-8 from the field with four steals. Clayton Henry chipped in with eight points and five boards while Ivan Aurrecoechea had nine points and five boards on the night.

NM State converted 14 TAMIU turnovers into 16 points…the Aggies dominated the glass 48-30, including 11 offensive boards for 16 points…the 38-point win margin is the third time this season NM State has won by 30-plus points…the 23 assists Tuesday night is the most this season and the third time the Aggies have dished out 20 or more dimes in a single game.

New Mexico State concludes the four-game homestand with a 4 p.m. tilt against UT Rio Grande Valley on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Pan American Center. It’ll be NM State’s first opportunity to clinch at least a share of the WAC title and clinch the No. 1 overall seed in the conference tournament.