NMSU Men's Basketball Cruises To 80-60 Win At UTEP, Sweeps Season Series

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - A game and career-high 18 points from AJ Harris along with three other players in double-figures gave the New Mexico State men’s basketball team its seventh-straight win over Battle of I-10 rival UTEP, 80-60, and its third-straight sweep of the Miners Thursday night at the Don Haskins Center.

The victory gave head coach Chris Jans his first rivalry sweep, who now joins Ken Hayes, Lou Henson and Paul Weir as the only coaches to sweep UTEP in their first year at the helm. In addition, this is the first time since the 1952-53 season that NM State has swept UTEP in consecutive games on its schedule.  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 Nov. 20-26. This is his first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.

The St. Paul, Minn., native averaged 24.0 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 67.9 percent from the floor and 46.1 percent from three-point range in a pair of big wins last week. Lofton opened the week with a monster night against Colorado State, scoring 30 points on 12-of-15 shooting with eight rebounds as NM State took down its second-straight Mountain West team in as many games. The 6-4 guard followed it up with 18 points and another eight rebounds against Battle of I-10 rival UTEP.

NMSU Men's Basketball Edge Rival UTEP 72-63

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Despite a slow start to the game, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team never wavered and captured the 72-63 win over Battle of I-10 rival UTEP Saturday night at the Pan American Center. NM State has now won six-consecutive games against the Miners (1-4) and nine of the last 10.

With the win, Aggie head coach Chris Jans joins eight other head coaches in school history to beat UTEP (1-4) in their first try. He also joins Ken Hayes, Lou Henson and Paul Weir as the only first-year head coaches to beat both New Mexico and UTEP in their first try at home.

The first-half of the Battle of I-10 started off a little sluggish for both teams with the contest tied four separate times. Neither team shot well from the floor either with NM State (4-1) shooting 37-percent and UTEP shooting 37.5-percent.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Defeats Idaho 17-10 For Fifth Win Of Season

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team took on Sun Belt Conference foe Idaho on Saturday afternoon in Aggie Memorial Stadium. After NM State scored on its first two drives, the Aggie defense then protected the team’s lead with constant quarterback pressure and helped the team get their fifth win of the season, 17-10, over the Vandals.

Following the crucial victory, head coach Doug Martin said, “I’m really proud of our defense, they stepped up and we really needed that today. I just couldn’t be happier for this football team because our guys are resilient and they have believed in themselves all year. As I told them, it’s a one game season now.”

Saturday’s contest opened in the Aggies favor when NM State (5-6, 3-4 SBC) linebacker Leon McQuaker intercepted a pass from Idaho (3-8, 2-5 SBC) quarterback Mason Petrino which was brought back to the NM State 45-yard line.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls To Arkansas 69-60

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EL PASO, TX - New Mexico State women's basketball took on Arkansas in the team's final game at the UTEP Thanksgiving Classic at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday. The Aggies fell to Razorbacks 69-60 to close out their tournament run.

"I feel like overall, we played a more complete game. We still can't have a quarter where we get outscored 24-15. This week is going to be huge for us to go back and look at what areas we need to work on, for instance defensive rebounding," head coach Brooke Atkinson said. "Our players did well in stretches and I thought we executed well down the stretch."

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NMSU Women's Basketball Falls To Texas Southern 66-50

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EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State women's basketball team traveled to take on Texas Southern in the UTEP Thanksgiving Classic at the Don Haskins Center on Friday afternoon. The Aggies fell to the Lady Tigers 66-50 to open the tournament.

NM State (2-3) began the contest with an 8-0 run in the first quarter. The Aggies lead dwindled late when TSU (1-3) scored eight–straight to tie the game at 14-14. Monique Mills hit a three-pointer with less than a minute remaining in the opening period, putting NM State ahead 17-14 at the break.

New Mexico State fell behind early as the Lady Tigers went on a five-point run to start the second quarter. Mills ended the Texas Southern rally by nailing a three-pointer and converting her free-throw on the play. The back-and-forth action continued but NM State maintained a single-point advantage as the team went to the locker room leading 25-24.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Cruises Past Colorado State 89-76

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Big offensive night from Zach Lofton and Eli Chuha led the New Mexico State men’s basketball past Colorado State 89-76 in a midweek clash at the Pan American Center on Wednesday.

Lofton had his best game yet as an Aggie, pouring in 30 points on 12-of-15 shooting with eight rebounds – including a 4-of-7 night beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Chuha finally found his rhythm on the offensive end Wednesday night and erupted for 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting with four rebounds. Both players were very efficient from the floor for NM State (3-1), accounting for 61-percent of the team’s scoring.

New Mexico State and Colorado State (2-3) each had runs throughout the first half with the Rams tying things up three separate times, but was never able to overtake the Aggies in the scoring column.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Falls At Louisiana 47-34

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LAFAYETTE, LA - The New Mexico State football team traveled to Lafayette, La. to take on Sun Belt Conference foe Louisiana at Cajun Field on Saturday. In an offensive showdown on a windy Saturday evening, NM State allowed a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to fall behind and drop the contest to the Ragin’ Cajuns 47-34.

The game opened with quick scoring from both sides, beginning with a three-yard touchdown rush by Louisiana (5-5, 4-2 SBC) quarterback Jordan Davis on the team’s first drive of the game. Then on the ensuing kickoff, Jason Huntley took the kick back 97 yards to tie the game up for NM State (4-6, 2-4 SBC), 7-7, at the 10:30 mark.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls At UNM 86-75

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Despite Gia Pack and Zaire Williams each registering double-doubles, the New Mexico State women’s basketball team’s rally in the second-half was not enough in its 86-75 loss to Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico Saturday afternoon at Dreamstyle Arena.

Coincidentally, the last time NM State had two players tally double-doubles was against UNM back on Nov. 30, 2016. Tamera William (23 points, 12 rebounds) and Brooke Salas (20 points, 10 rebounds) were the last two to do it.

“Our kids kept battling,” Aggie head coach Brooke Atkinson said postgame. “They were aggressive. You know, I told them I’ll never be mad at them for making an aggressive move down the floor and getting an offensive foul. It’s just those ticky-tack fouls 94-feet from the basket. We have to be smarter as a unit.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Pulls Away Late In 75-56 Win Over Rival UNM

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - “I’ve seen it in his face that he (Jans) really wanted this game and we really wanted the game for him,” senior guard Zach Lofton commented. “We like him a lot and to get this win for him, it’s lovely man.”

That was the sentiment by both Lofton and sophomore Sidy N’Dir in the postgame presser Friday night after the New Mexico State men’s basketball team pounded Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico 75-56 in the Pan American Center.

Lofton and N’Dir led the way in former Aggie head coach Paul Weir’s return with 28 points and 14 points, respectively. The graduate transfer poured in 23 of his 28 points in a dominant second-half performance where he was 7-of-11 from the field – including a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line.  Continue Reading This Post >>