Two Aggies Named To Pro Football Focus All-Independent Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State has placed two student-athletes on Pro Football Focus' year-end All-Independent Team.

Seniors Jason Huntley and OJ Clark earned spots on the offensive squad. Huntley received recognition as a running back, while Clark picked up All-Independent honors as a punt returner.

Huntley was the only FBS Independent tailback to rush for 1,000 yards this season. The Arlington, Texas, native ran for 1,090 yards and nine touchdowns in his senior campaign, running for 100 or more yards in five games during 2019.

He became one of 12 Aggie running backs since 1954 to run for 1,000 or more yards in a season.

Clark, meanwhile, led the Aggies in punt returns with 14 for 146 yards (10.43 avg.). He returned six punts for 96 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown, in the win over UIW.

NMSU Men's Basketball Falls To Washington State 63-54

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SPOKANE, WA - Down by 14 points early in the second half, the New Mexico State men's basketball team battled back and cut Washington State's lead down to two points, but the Aggies were unable to complete their comeback and dropped a 63-54 decision to the Cougars Saturday afternoon inside the Spokane Arena.

• A second-chance layup by Trevelin Queen started the game, but Washington State scored the next eight to jump ahead by six Aljaz Kunc sank a pair of corner threes for the Cougars to answer Queen's put-back score.
• Over the next three minutes, the Aggies went on a 9-0 run to take their largest lead of the game. Shunn Buchanan started that run with a three-pointer and Queen finished it with a breakaway dunk that put his team up 11-8 with 12:32 remaining in the frame. Isaac Bonton answered Queen's throwdown with an equalizing three-pointer to pull Washington State even.   Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Routs Weber State By 30

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Gia Buckets.

Guard Gia Pack scored double-digit points for the eighth time this season, pouring in 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting to lead the NM State women's basketball team to a 77-47 win against Weber State Saturday afternoon at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies are now winners of two consecutive games, having defeated Western New Mexico, 75-56, Wednesday night in the Pan Am.

Pack, who entered the game 10 points shy of moving into a tie for 10th place on the Aggies' all-time points scored leaderboard, wasted no time getting buckets. She was sensational in the first half, dropping 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field across the first two quarters.

She connected on a two-point jumper in the second quarter to move past Sherell Neall (1,436) on the all-time scoring list and would finish the contest in sole possession of 10th place with 1,444 career points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Downs Rival UTEP 59-56 In Battle Of I-10 Rematch

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The year was 2015-16. That's the last time - prior to this season, of course - that a UTEP men's basketball team had opened up a season with five or more consecutive wins.

Much like they did almost a half-decade ago, the Miners rolled into the Pan Am Center Tuesday night hoping to remain perfect and continue one of their program's best starts to a season.

Just like what transpired in 2015-16, however, New Mexico State made sure their longtime rivals' unbeaten run would come to an end in one of college basketball's most hostile environments.   Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball To Face No. 14 National Seed BYU In NCAA Tournament

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team is set to travel to Provo, Utah, to take on the 14th-seeded and 13th-ranked BYU Cougars in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, Dec. 6.

This is the 11th trip to the NCAA Tournament for NM State under head coach Mike Jordan who is looking for his second win at the big dance. The Aggies wrapped up the season 27-3 and on a 19-match winning streak and swept both of their contests at the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. NM State also finished WAC play with a 16-0 conference record.

The Aggies are led by three All-WAC honorees including WAC Player of the Year and back-to-back WAC Tournament MVP Megan Hart. Joining Hart on the All-WAC First Team was Julianna Salanoa and Savannah Davison.

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls 59-51 To Georgia State

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EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team dropped a 59-51 battle to Georgia State in the first game of the UTEP Thanksgiving Classic at the Don Haskin’s Center on Friday afternoon.

Aaliyah Prince was on fire to start the game, making the first two Aggie (1-6, 0-0 WAC) buckets for an early 4-0 lead. However, the anther clawed back and cut the lead 14-13. Then Amanda Soderqvist hit a three in the closing seconds of the quarter and NM State led 17-15 after one. Prince scored nine points in the quarter.

Micayla Buckner scored the first points of the second but Georgia State went on a run to take a 23-21 lead at the 6:39 mark. The Panthers continued to push, eventually stretching their lead to 32-23 with 2:37 to play in the half. However, Gia Pack hit back-to-back threes to end the half and NM State trailed by three, 34-31, at the break.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Falls To George Mason In Cayman Islands Classic Championship Game

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GEORGETOWN, GRAND CAYMAN - A classic tale of two halves scenario played itself out Wednesday night inside John Gray Gymnasium during the title tilt of the 2019 Cayman Classic, and unfortunately for the New Mexico State men's basketball team they found themselves on the wrong end of that story.

After opening up a 15-point lead in the late stages of the first half, the Aggies were outscored 51-32 over the final 23:57 and dropped a 68-64 decision to George Mason in the first meeting between the two programs. The setback means the Aggies were forced to settle for a runner-up finish at the 2019 Cayman Classic while the Patriots won their first MTE title since 1993-94.

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NMSU Men's Basketball Cruises Past South Florida, Advances To Cayman Islands Classic Championship Game

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GEORGETOWN, GRAND CAYMAN - Losing is a word that has almost no association with New Mexico State basketball. That's why it was so alarming to coaches, players and fans to see the Aggies go through their early-season struggles.

Finally, after a few weeks that seemed much longer than they actually were, the Aggies started to make the right moves. Do the things they had done in the past. Look how they were supposed to look. That was especially true Tuesday.

For New Mexico State head coach Chris Jans, he witnessed 40 minutes of familiarity. Forty minutes that were long awaited and forty minutes that reminded onlookers what Aggie basketball stands for.   Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Survives Colorado State In Overtime

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GEORGETOWN, GRAND CAYMAN - Thursday night inside the Pan Am Center, redshirt sophomore Jabari Rice missed a potential game-winning corner three in the waning seconds against New Mexico which would have put his team in a great position to win.

With his team headed to overtime on international soil, Rice seized the moment and proceeded to get the job done.

Colorado State forced overtime when David Roddy drilled a pair of free throws with three seconds to go, but once the extra session started Rice simply took over and scored 12 of his game-high 21 points to lead the Aggies to a hard-fought 78-70 win over the Rams in the opening game of the 2019 Cayman Classic Monday afternoon inside John Gray Gymnasium.   Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Sweeps Grand Canyon To Claims Back-To-Back WAC Tournament Titles

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OREM, UT - Back to back.

The New Mexico State volleyball team swept Grand Canyon 25-17, 25-23, 26-24, in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship match to punch its second-straight ticket to the NCAA Tournament. Megan Hart won her second-consecutive WAC Tournament MVP while Savannah Davison was named to the all-tournament team as the Aggies did not drop a set during the WAC Tournament. It was also New Mexico State’s 19th-straight win.

Grand Canyon did not take a single set off the Aggies in three matchups this season.  Continue Reading This Post >>