NMSU Men's Basketball Loses At UTEP 65-50

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team traveled to the Don Haskins Center to take on Battle of I-10 rival UTEP on Tuesday night in El Paso, Texas. A tough night shooting from the field and the line hampered NM State as they fell to UTEP, 65-50.

To open the rivalry contest, the Aggies struggled to knock down shots and it was not until 2:58 into the game that the Crimson & White got on the board. Trailing by four early, Trevelin Queen hit a three that was followed by another triple by Terrell Brown to give NM State it’s first lead of the night, 8-7.

Following the lead change the teams then traded baskets all the way until a media timeout at the 8:08 mark where NM State trailed by just one, 16-15. Each team rattled off a small run before the Aggies knocked down the final two baskets and only trailed the Miners, 28-25, after the first 20 minutes of action.

Through one half of play Queen led the Aggies in scoring with nine points and Brown followed with seven. The first half also saw NM State all over the boards reeling in 24 to just 15 for UTEP.

Opening the second half, the Aggies knocked down the first basket to get things rolling, but the Miners countered with a 10-3 run as the deficit grew for the Crimson & White. Trailing by six at the media timeout with 11:52 remaining, the Aggies then allowed the Miners to rattle off 11 of the game’s next 13 points and NM State trailed by 13, 49-36.

Looking to get back in to the game, NM State battled back to cut the UTEP lead to eight with just over four minutes left. Unfortunately, that would be the closest the Aggies would get as they fell on the road to the Miners, 65-50.

Scoring for the Crimson & White was led by Queen who totaled 21 points, but fouled out late in the second half. Brown added 10 points as the only other Aggie to reach double digits. The Aggies were able to outrebound the Miners 40-33, but only able to shoot 21-57 (36.8%) from the field and 2-11 (18.2%) from the line.

The New Mexico State men’s basketball team now returns home to host Southern on Thursday, November 14, at 7 p.m. MT at the Pan American Center.