NMSU Women's Basketball Downs Chicago State 74-59 Behind 33 Points From Brooke Salas

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team opened Western Athletic Conference play against Chicago State on Saturday afternoon in the Pan American Center. Despite trailing after 20 minutes, the Aggies came out and dominated in the second half, led by Brooke Salas, en route to a 74-59 victory over the Cougars.

Following a win in the conference opener head coach Brooke Atkinson said, “Any time you can get a win it is huge. We look to approach every game the same way and the team played with a lot of perseverance and battled back which is what I am really proud of after this one.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Soccer Announces Hiring Of Rob Baarts As Head Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia announced Thursday that Rob Baarts will become the fourth Aggie head women’s soccer coach after a completing a national search.

“I am pleased to welcome Rob Baarts and his family to New Mexico State University,” Moccia said. “Our search committee conducted an extensive national search, which produced a tremendous group of finalists. Through this process, Coach Baarts rose to the top of that list. Having coached the University of Portland to a women’s soccer national championship and San José State to a Mountain West Conference Championship were definitely significant accomplishments. This, coupled with his collegiate and professional experience as well as having recruited women’s national team caliber players in our geographic location put him at the top of our list.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Wins Arizona Bowl 26-20 In Overtime

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - On Friday, Dec. 29, the New Mexico State football team made history in Arizona Stadium against Utah State. As head coach Doug Martin said, “It was poetic that Larry Rose scored that touchdown.” That touchdown was the game-winner in overtime to take home the 2017 NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl over Utah State, 26-20, effectively ending the 57-year bowl drought for the Aggies.

The game opened up with early scores for both sides. NM State struck first on its opening drive when Dylan Brown split the uprights on a 23-yard field goal attempt. The lead did not last long, however, as Utah State returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown to go up 7-3 just 3:59 into the game.

NM State erased that deficit in a hurry when Jason Huntley answered with a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown to give the Aggies a 10-7 advantage with 10:47 left in the opening quarter.

Just two drives later, the NM State defense forced a fourth down and Utah State sent out the punt team. The opposition went for a fake punt but a quick reaction by the Crimson & White saw them force a fumble, which was recovered by Shane Jackson at the USU 35.

Moving down the field NM State was looking to increase the lead but an interception for Utah State gave them the ball back at their own 19. The opponent then successfully moved into the red zone and opened the second quarter with a 35-yard field goal to tie the game back up at 10.

In a game full of early lead changes, NM State came right back on the next possession and Brown came back on the field to nail a 33-yard field goal. This score gave the Aggies from Las Cruces a 13-10 edge at the 11:35 mark.

The quick scoring slowed down with each defense forcing a punt on six of the next seven drives. Utah State hoped to knot the game back up on a 44-yard field goal attempt but the kick went wide and NM State held their lead.

That lead lasted until the closing seconds of the first half when Utah State knocked down a 30-yard field goal to put the score at 13 apiece heading to the locker rooms.

Early in the third quarter, Utah State again lined up for a field goal, this from 49 yards out, looking to take the lead. With the help of a raucous NM State crowd, the team again pressured the kicker and he missed on a 49-yard attempt.

An interception on the next drive for the Crimson & White gave USU the ball back just past midfield. Then on a 41-yard pass, coupled with a defensive pass interference, Utah State sat on the NM State one-yard line.

The opposition sat just three feet away from grabbing a six-point lead. That was until Terrill Hanks made a great play and jumped a pitch to the running back and recovered the fumble to hold the score at 13-13, which stood heading into the fourth quarter.

After a short punt in the fourth, Utah State began their drive at the NM State 24 yard line. They then moved the ball down the field and capped the drive off with a one-yard rushing score to grab a 20-13 advantage with 13:28 remaining.

NM State would remain behind by seven for the next 6:58 of action. Then a great pass from Tyler Rogers to Jaleel Scott saw the receiver haul it in and keep his foot inbounds for the score. This would tie the game up at 20 and the Arizona Bowl did not see a winner in regulation.

After winning the toss and selecting to defend, NM State’s defense stood strong and held Utah State to a fourth-and-goal. Utah State lined up for a 28-yard field goal, but the attempt knocked off the upright and the kick was no good.

This gave NM State the opportunity to take home the trophy. The team did just that when Larry Rose III found the hole and broke off for a 21-yard score to win the 2017 NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl for NM State with a final score of 26-20.

NOTABLE
- NM State’s opening score was the first time this season that the team had hit a field goal on the opening drive.
- Jason Huntley’s 100-yard kickoff return tied for the longest in school history.
- The 40-yard rush by Larry Rose in the second quarter was the 10th 40+ yard play of the year for the Aggies.
- The 40-yard rush also tied a season-long for Rose.
- This was the first bowl since the 2011 Las Vegas Bowl to have both teams return a kickoff for a touchdown.
- The game-winning touchdown also tied Larry Rose III with James “Preacher” Pilot for the most rushing touchdowns in program history with 37.
- NM State remains undefeated at 3-0-1 all-time in bowl games.
- Larry Rose III was named the Arizona Bowl Offensive MVP.
- Leon McQuaker earned the nod as the Arizona Bowl Defensive MVP.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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NMSU Men's Basketball Falls To USC 77-72 In Diamond Head Classic Title Game

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

HONOLULU, HI - Just like a battle between two heavy weights, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team and USC went toe-to-toe Monday evening at the Stan Sheriff Center in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic championship game with the Aggies falling in the final seconds of play to the Trojans 77-72.

After Zach Lofton drilled his sixth 3-pointer of the game, New Mexico State held on to its two-possession lead for the most of latter portion of the second-half.

Fast-forward to 2:05 remaining in the game when Eli Chuha pulled down an AJ Harris missed shot for the put-back to give NM State the 72-68 lead. A put-back and by USC’s Jordan McLaughlin and lay-in from Jonah Mathews on the next two possessions tied things up at 72-72 with 1:04 left to play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Zach Lofton Named WAC Men's Basketball Player Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - NM State graduate student guard Zach Lofton has been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 18-24. This is his third WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and of his career.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Gia Pack Named WAC Women's Basketball Player Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - NM State’s Gia Pack has been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 18 through Dec. 24.

Pack, a sophomore forward from Phoenix (South Mountain HS), averaged 21.0 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game as the Aggies split a pair of games at the Beach Classic, falling to Northeastern before knocking off host Long Beach State. Against Northeastern, she finished with 15 points and eight rebounds in a 65-64 loss. A day later, she put up 27 points with 12 rebounds in a 72-63 win over LBSU, adding four steals in the winning effort.

NMSU Men's Basketball Upsets No. 6/7 Miami, Advances To Diamond Head Classic Championship Game

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

HONOLULU, HI - The “cardiac kids” was what New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach said his team was becoming last night in the postgame interviews. That squad delivered once again Saturday night in the semifinal game of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic with the 63-54 upset of No. 6/7 Miami at the Stan Sheriff Center, handing the Hurricanes their first loss of the year.

The win gave NM State its first victory over a top-10 team since the heroic Keith Hill jumper that gave the Aggies the 83-82 win at home over seventh-ranked UNLV led by the great Jerry Tarkanian. That Aggie team on Jan. 8, 1990, was coach by Neil McCarthy.

It was also NM State’s first win against an Atlantic Coast Conference team since Lou Henson’s 1997-98 team took down Virginia in the 34th Rainbow Classic in Honolulu on Dec. 30, 1997.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Wins Diamond Head Classic Opener 69-68 Over Davidson

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HONOLULU, HI - New Mexico State men’s basketball senior Jemerrio Jones made another huge play down the stretch, this time a game-winner with eight seconds left to play on a put-back to give NM State the 69-68 victory over Davidson in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic opener Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Down seven with 7:14 left to play, the Aggies (10-2) clawed their way back and found a way to win thanks to gritty play by Keyon Jones, Eli Chuha and J. Jones. The three combined to score 12 of the last 16 points for NM State in the same time frame.

“I am proud of our group of young men,” Aggie head coach Chris Jans said. “They have become somewhat of the cardiac kids where the last 3 games on the road we have won, we have come from behind."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Downs Long Beach State 72-63

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LONG BEACH, CA - The New Mexico State women's basketball team took down Long Beach State at the Walter Pyramid on Thursday afternoon. The Aggies defeated LBSU 72-63 in their final game at the Long Beach Classic.

"Our team did a great job today. Obviously losing like we did yesterday, it takes a lot out of you physically and emotionally," head coach Brooke Atkinson said. "This team battled today and played with a lot of toughness and that's all I can ask. At the end, we need to handle those situations better but it's a learning process."

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