NMSU Men's Basketball Routs Cal Baptist 83-50, Finish WAC Regular Season Undefeated

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Back in the early 1970s, country musician Jerry Reed put pen to paper and came up with a ditty entitled, When You're Hot, You're Hot. The hit single served as Reed's account of a dice game (and the events that transpired as a result of it) in a back alley with two of his closest friends - a game in which Reed couldn't stop rollin' sevens and winning.

Incredulous at the luck of Reed, his pals simply threw up their hands and said, "when you're hot, you're hot," resigning themselves to the fact that it just wasn't their day.

A tale much like the one Reed crooned about years ago played out inside the Pan Am Center Thursday night. The NM State men's basketball team was hot. California Baptist was, well, not.

One blowout win later - a victory that the Aggies' senior class will likely never forget - rv/— NM State found itself with a win for the history books.

Putting on a show of epic proportions, Trevelin Queen game alive for game-high 19 points and was one of five Aggies in double-digits as NM State eviscerated California Baptist, 83-50, to put the finishing touches on the first perfect run through WAC regular season play in two decades.

NM State became the first WAC team to generate a perfect 16-0 record in league play with the victory. The Aggies join 1997-98 TCU (14-0) and 1998-99 Utah (14-0) as the only three teams in WAC history to post an unblemished run through regular season league play.

• Ivan Aurrecoechea got things started with a driving layup before Trevelin Queen took center stage and drained the first of his four three-pointers to hike the Aggies' lead to 5-0.
• Hoping to put the Lancers in an inescapable hole early, the Aggies were able to do just that. Those buckets from two of the six Aggie seniors honored postgame represented the start of a 15-1 run by the home team to start the game. From there, the Aggies never looked back.
• Unrelenting in their pursuit of victory, the Aggies pushed their lead to 30, 46-16, before the opening frame was in the books. Queen hammered home a roar-inducing one-handed jam on the break to hand the home team its largest margin of the half.
• NM State scorched the nets in the frame, shooting .517/.563/.778 while holding California Baptist to woeful shooting splits of .231/.200/.750 in the first 20 minutes of action.

• Milan Acquaah scored the Lancers' first four points of the deciding frame to cut the Aggies' lead down to 49-24 with 15:52 to go, but that was as close as the visitors would get.
• A three-point play courtesy of C.J. Bobbitt was followed up with an authoritative throwdown by Aurrecoechea at the 14:15 mark that extended the Aggies' lead to 30 once again (54-24).
• With the game well in hand, NM State started to put on a show for its home crowd. the Aggies' lead never dipped below 30 points for the rest of the night and reached 41 after a ludicrous series of rim-rockers in the late stages of the game.
• Johnny McCants soared in for a savage put-back slam on the dome of California Baptist's Glenn Morrison before Shunn Buchanan found hit Queen with a fine pass to help the latter toss down an alley-oop dunk.
• Queen wasn't done, however. On the very next play, the last of his two steals led the senior into wide-open space where he flipped a pass to himself off the backboard and hammered home another slam which made matters 76-35 with 6:04 to go.

• Coming out like gangbusters, NM State's energy and intensity was never matched by the Lancers in their penultimate game of the regular season. Queen drilled four three-pointers, Terrell Brown added three more and the Aggies shot .500/.400/.714 for the game.
• Along with Queen, Aurrecoechea (13), McCants (13), Brown (11) and Bobbitt (10) each came up with at least 10 points for the Aggies. Acquaah (15) was the only Lancer in double-digits as California Baptist shot just .288/.261/.824 for the game.
• Acquaah went just 5-of-16 from the field, thanks to the defense of Buchanan who made things miserable for the Lancers' star all night. Aurrecoechea finished with a game-high eight rebounds to help the Aggies post a 35-26 edge on the glass over their foes from California.
• For the Aggies, they extended their nation-leading winning streak to 19 games with the win. Additionally, NM State hit the 25-win mark for the fourth-straight year while pushing their streak of victories over WAC foes to 34 games. NM State has also emerged as the victors in 31-straight regular season WAC games - a league record.
• Head coach Chris Jans is one of just six active NCAA Division I head coaches who have amassed 25 or more wins in each of their first three years at an institution. Other individuals on that list include John Calipari, Mark Few and Bill Self.
• Aurrecoechea, Bobbit, Brown, Buchanan, AJ Harris and Queen were all honored for their contributions to Aggie basketball in a postgame ceremony.

• With history in hand, the Aggies turn their attention to the 2020 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. Top-seeded NM State will begin its quest for a fourth-consecutive NCAA Tournament bid this week at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Game time, opponent and network information will be made available as it becomes available.