Troy Gillenwater Named First Team All-WAC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State junior forward Troy Gillenwater garnered first team All-WAC honors as voted on by the nine league coaches. This is Gillenwater’s first career All-WAC selection. This is the fifth consecutive season the Aggies have had a first team all-conference honoree.  
 
Gillenwater leads the Aggies with 19.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. In conference games, he averaged 20.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He has 12 games over 20 points this year and 15 in his career.
 
“I’m very happy for Troy,” head coach Marvin Menzies said. “He earned first team honors for his consistent play. His ability to score night in and night out helped us finish in the upper echelon of the conference”
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The Daily Aggie :: 03/06/11

The Aggie men's and women's basketball teams picked up big time Senior Day wins yesterday. The Aggie women played outstandingly and thumped Boise State 82-51. It was a complete offensive and defensive performance for the women and should provide them with some good momentum heading into the WAC tournament this week. They will face off with 7-seed Hawai'i on Wednesday night. This is a good matchup for the Aggies because they should be extra motivated after losing to Hawai'i in the Pan Am a couple weeks ago.

Danisha Corbett, Madison Spence and Jasmine Lowe set the Pan Am on fire in their final games as Corbett finished with 21, Madison finished with 18 and Lowe had 14.

Those three need to continue to play well for the Aggies to make a deep run in the tournament, something that they are more than capable of doing especially if they play defense as well as they did both last night and a week ago against Nevada. The good news for the Aggies is that they are on the opposite side of the bracket from Idaho, the one team in the WAC that they just can't quite figure out. Winning the conference tournament isn't always about having to beat the best teams in the tournament, it's (although sometimes your path is blocked by them), more often than not it's about playing and beating teams that you match up well with. The Aggies match up well with Hawai'i, they match up fairly well with Utah State also. USU will be their quarterfinal matchup on Thursday if they're able to take care of business against Hawai'i.

The Aggie men sent out one senior Gordo Castillo with a bang as they came back to defeat Nevada in a back and forth game. The Aggies looked ready to seize control of the game on two or three different occasions and finally did so when Gordo sparked the final run for the Aggies hitting a three to bring the Aggies to within one at 52-51. The Aggies would regain the lead shortly thereafter and not trail the rest of the way. Gordo also picked Senior Night to pick up his first double-double of his career finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Aggies played perhaps the best they've played since defeating Pacific all the way back at the end of the non-conference schedule. The Aggies were outstanding on the boards out-rebounding Nevada 35-25. For once it was the Aggies who were grabbing all the offensive rebounds and getting the second chance opportunities.

The Aggie defense also played better for longer stretches than they have all season. Both are good signs for the team as they head into the conference tournament.

The Aggies earned the 3-seed with their win and can now sit and wait their quarterfinal opponent, either Nevada or Fresno State. The Aggies play at 3:30 p.m. (MT) on Thursday and the game will be televised on ESPNU (we're predicting a lot of Las Crucens will be heading home after lunch on Thursday!).

The Aggie baseball team is now 10-2 on the season after splitting a pair of games yesterday. The Aggies defeated San Francisco 7-6 but fell in the second game 12-6 to tournament host Lamar.

Aggie sophomore Parker Hipp continues to hit the cover off the baseball as he went 3-for-5 yesterday with a grand slam against San Francisco. He went 0-for-2 against Lamar but did have two RBIs.

The Aggies return home to face UNM on Tuesday as they go for the season sweep over the Lobos.

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NM State vs. Nevada Game Photos

NM State vs. Nevada Game Photos

Aggies Lock Up 3-seed And First Round Bye With 77-68 Victory Over Nevada

The New Mexico State men's basketball team earned a 77-68 victory over Nevada on Senior Night on Saturday and with it earned the 3-seed and a first round bye in next week's WAC tournament where they'll face the winner of the 6 vs. 7 matchup.

The Aggies held Nevada to just 42.9 percent shooting while hitting 54 percent from the floor (27-of-50) and 58.3 percent from three point distance (7-of-12). The Aggies' lone senior, Gordo Castillo, played 38 minutes and scored 15 points hitting four threes including a critical three pointer in the second half with his team trailing 62-58 with 8:58 left in the game. The three pointer from Castillo would spur the Aggies to a 7-0 run giving them a 65-62 lead and they would not trail again in the game.

The Aggies jumped out to a 17-10 lead with 12:17 left in the first half but the Wolf Pack would cut the lead to just two after a three pointer from Deonte Burton with 8:52 left in the half. The Aggies would go on a 8-0 run to extend their lead to 10 at 27-17. The Aggies would maintain a 10 point advantage up 33-23 with 4:33 left as Troy Gillenwater hit a jumper but the Wolf Pack would go on a 9-0 run to take a 34-33 lead with 1:55 left in the half. The Aggies would get a jumper from Troy Gillenwater to regain the lead 35-34 but the Pack would get a pair of free throws from Deonte Burton to take a 36-35 lead into the halftime break.

The Pack would score the first basket up the second half to extend their lead to 38-35 but Gordo Castillo would bury a three to tie the game at 38 just a minute into the second half. The Aggies would extend their lead to five at 44-39 after a pair of free throws from Tshilidzi Nephawe and would maintain their five point lead at 47-42 after a layup from Troy Gillenwater.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Boise State Game Photos

NM State vs. Boise State Game Photos

Aggies Rout Broncos 82-51, Send Senior Trio Out With A Victory

The Aggie senior class of Madison Spence, Danisha Corbett and Jasmine Lowe combined to score 53 points as the New Mexico State women's basketball team routed Boise State 82-51 on Senior Day in Las Cruces. The Aggies hit 11-of-18 three point attempts and made 19-of-26 free throws en-route to the victory.

Danisha Corbett sparked the second half blowout scoring 15 of her 21 in the second half as the Aggies turned a seven point halftime lead into a 31 point blowout in the second half. The Broncos cut the Aggies' lead to just three points down 43-40 with 13:44 left to play but the Aggies would outscore the Broncos 39-11 the rest of the way.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 03/05/11

Today Aggie fans will bid farewell to four seniors, two of them a bit more special simply because they are hometown products. Gordo Castillo, Madison Spence, Danisha Corbett and Jasmine Lowe will all suit up today for the final time in the Pan Am. For Gordo and Madison, it's the end of an era. This will be the final time each of them plays in front of a Las Cruces crowd, something they did in high school and something they did for four more years in college. So a hearty 'Thank You' to Madison and Gordo for four years of dedication and sacrifice!

The Aggie women take the court at 3:00 p.m. (MT) against Boise State. New Mexico State has been locked in to the 6-seed in next week's WAC tournament and will face Hawai'i who has been locked into the 7-seed. The Aggies crushed Boise State in Boise earlier this year. It was one of the Aggies' finest offensive performance of the season. The Aggies shot 15-of-24 from three and 50.8 percent overall. Danisha Corbett scored a career-high 31 points, Madison Spence had 18 and Jasmine Lowe had 17.

Boise State's Lauren Lenhardt also had a great night scoring 30 points. It was one of the rare occasions in which a women's basketball game had two 30-point scorers in the same game.

Can the Aggies repeat that performance and head into the tournament with a little momentum? We'll find out today. The game can be heard on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces. Streaming video will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie men take the floor at 7:00 p.m. (MT) against Nevada in a game that is important for both. A win for the Aggies give them a 3-seed and a bye. A loss and the Aggies will drop to either the 5-seed or the 6-seed. Either of those seeds would mean the Aggies have to win four games in four days to reach the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season. As we noted on Thursday, only once has a team won four games in the WAC tournament to win the automatic bid. That team was UNLV and it was in Las Vegas on their home court with their home crowd urging them on.

The Wolf Pack dominated the Aggies in the first meeting between the two teams winning 90-71. Deonte Burton torched the Aggies for 22 points and six assists. Dario Hunt scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Troy Gillenwater scored 22 points on nearly 50 percent shooting and Hernst Laroche had 11 points and five assits but also had four turnovers and was in foul trouble much of the night. No other Aggies were able to do much that night and the Aggies were out-rebounded 42-29.

The Aggies will need to play with the passion and energy that they did on Wednesday night against No. 21 Utah State. The Wolf Pack are also playing for that coveted bye. With a win they would earn the 4-seed if they beat the Aggies tonight.

The regular season games between the Aggies and Wolf Pack have been dominated by the Wolf Pack as they've won six of the last seven regular season meetings including three straight in Las Cruces (though the Aggies have won the last two postseason meetings with Nevada which at the end of the day means more than the regular season meetings).

This one however is the most important regular season meeting between the two teams in quite some time. It's the difference between needing to win three games in three days and needing to win four games in four days. It's important for the Aggies because they've won three straight conference games just once this season and they have come against Fresno State, Hawai'i and San Jose State, all at three home and two of three against teams who were playing without one of their best players and they've won four games in a row just once as well (three of the four came against horrible teams in Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Oklahoma Panhandle State and Louisiana).

It makes winning tonight's game all that much more important. The Aggies need to take care of business tonight.

The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (MT) tip off and can be seen on AggieVision, ESPN3.com and ESPN Full Court. Radio coverage is available on the Aggie Sports Network and streaming audio is available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie baseball team will play two games today against San Francisco at 10:00 a.m. (MT) and Lamar at 2:00 p.m. (MT). The Aggie softball team will also play two games today against No. 9 Arizona State at 5:30 p.m. (MT) and Northern Colorado at 7:30 p.m. (MT)

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Aggie Softball Splits On Day One Of ASU Wilson/DeMarini Invitational

The New Mexico State softball team split a pair of games on Friday afternoon defeating Creighton 8-4 in the first game of the day as Hoku Nohara hit a three-run home run as part of a five-run seventh inning powering the Aggies' comeback victory.

In the second game of the day the Aggies fell 8-5 to East Carolina as the Aggies trailed from the start. New Mexico State drew to within one run with three runs in the sixth inning but allowed two runs in the top of the seventh and brought the game-tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh with two outs before recording the final out of the game.

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Aggies Fall 12-1 To San Francisco

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BEAUMONT, TX - The New Mexico State baseball team dropped its first game of the year losing to San Francisco 12-1 in day two of the YMBL Cardinal Classic at Vincent-Beck Stadium, Friday, March 4.

NM State falls to 9-1 on the year and 1-1 when playing on a neutral field. The Aggies posted one run on two hits and committed two errors, while USF tallied 12 runs on 11 hits and committed only one error.

"Their starter was very good today," head coach Rocky Ward said. "He is the same guy who held top-ranked UCLA to one run. The good thing is that we have San Francisco again tomorrow and it'll give us a chance to split with them.

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The Daily Aggie :: 03/04/11

The official seeding scenarios for the WAC men and women have been released and as we laid out last night, the Aggies are capable of earning the 3-seed with a win but could fall to the 5-seed or 6-seed with a loss.

The Aggie women are locked in to the 6-seed and will face 7-seed Hawai'i on Wednesday in the first round. The Aggies draw the 6-seed after losing to Idaho last night 73-65. It was another game against the Vandals in which the Aggies had an opportunity to win but untimely turnovers cost the team the chance to win. One play in particular sticks out. The Aggies had just cut the Vandals' lead to seven points (down from 12), had ton of momentum, Idaho had just missed a shot and Kaitlyn Soto brought the ball up the court in a hurry. Soto lost control of her dribble and the ball was stolen by the Vandals who took it and laid it in for two and pushed the lead back to nine. The Aggies would have been able to cut the lead down to five or even possibly four with a basket and would have continued their momentum.

The Aggies would cut the lead down to three later in the game but that one turnover cost the Aggies a lot of momentum and they just couldn't get over the hump the rest of the way.

It's been a similar story on the men's side as Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News chronicles in his article today. As we shared yesterday, the Aggies are 4-7 this year in games decided by six points or less and just 2-5 in conference games decided by six points or less. This is in stark contrast to the Aggies' stellar 11-1 overall and 8-0 record last year in conference games decided by six points or less.

The Aggie baseball team takes on San Francisco today at 12:00 p.m. (MT) after winning 6-5 yesterday over Cal State-Northridge on a walk-off single from Parker Hipp with the bases loaded.

You can listen to the game today online with the USF radio broadcaster giving the play by play.

The Aggie softball team is back in action today as they take on Creighton at 11:00 a.m. (MT) and East Carolina following the completion of that game.

The Aggies are 14-3 on the season following last weekend's action in El Paso.

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