Aggies Hold Off Pacific 69-64; Earn Third Consecutive Victory

Lou HensonThe New Mexico State men's basketball team picked up its third consecutive victory defeating Pacific 69-64 on Saturday night in the Lou Henson Classic. With legendary head coach Lou Henson on the bench with the Aggies, the young team playing without five of the players who led them to victory over Pacific in last season's Bracketbusters matchup, earned their first come-from-behind victory this season overcoming a five-point halftime deficit.

Senior guard Gordo Castillo played 28 minutes and led all scorers with 17 points including three three pointers and a 6-of-7 performance from the free throw line including two free throws with five seconds left to seal the victory.

The Aggies trailed 31-26 at halftime thanks to three free throws from Gordo Castillo right before the break as he was fouled while shooting a three pointer. The Aggies led early 7-4 but an 8-0 run by the Tigers would send the Aggies to a five-point deficit with 14:17 left to play. The Tigers would extend their lead to seven points after a three pointer from Jose Rivera, one of five three pointers in the first half by Pacific. The Tigers would lead late in the half by eight points but Castillo would be fouled shooting a three pointer and hit all three free throws to bring the Aggies to within five at the break.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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The Daily Aggie :: 12/18/10

The Aggie men's basketball team hosts Pacific tonight in the Lou Henson Classic. The Aggies are on a two-game winning streak and looking to pick up their third in a row. Pacific comes in with a 6-4 record including a season-opening victory over UTEP in El Paso. The Tigers average just 64.7 points per game and are led by Sam Willard who is averaging a double-double at 16.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Willard and Demetrece Young are both hitting over 50 percent of their shots as is Nyika Williams. Young is the Tigers' best three point shooter and is hitting 41.2 percent of his shots.

The Aggies will be looking to push the pace in this game and try to speed up the Tigers. The Aggies will also be looking to generate offense from their defense in the form of fast break points and points in transition. Playing without Troy Gillenwater and Hamidu Rahman, the Aggie offense is certainly not as well oiled in the half court as it would be with those two. Gordo Castillo, Hernst Laroche and Christian Kabongo need to all have big games for the Aggies tonight on the offensive end. The Aggies likely need to get 15-plus points from each of them as well as eight to 10 from Tyrone Watson.

A victory tonight could be the one that propels the Aggies into the rest of their season. This would be the Aggies' best victory of the season by far and with a pair of non-conference games remaining next week, both at home, they can generate some good momentum heading into the break.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff with radio coverage available via the Aggie Sports Network. The game will be televised on AggieVision,, ESPN Full Court and Altitude 2.

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The Daily Aggie :: 12/17/10

The Aggie men's basketball team picked up their second straight victory last night defeating Oklahoma Panhandle State 78-46. It's the second straight opponent the Aggies have held under 50 points and it's the first time that's happened since the 2003-2004 season when the Aggies held Eastern New Mexico (44 points) and New Mexico (48 points) both under 50 points in succession.

The slate gets much tougher tomorrow night as the Aggies will take on Pacific for the Lou Henson Classic. The Aggies edged the Tigers last year in Stockton in the ESPNU Bracketbusters but as Coach Menzies mentioned earlier this week, that Aggie team was drastically different than the Aggie team that will take the court tomorrow night.

On a side note, we passed along the information that Jahmar Young was playing in Spain, that information is incorrect (thanks to Jim Hilley at the Las Cruces Bulletin for pointing that out and correctly locating JY). Young is actually playing in Serbia. Apologies for the misinformation, we were simply passing along the information that we had received from the coaching staff.

The Aggies have also gotten a commitment from 6'7" wing Temjae Singleton out of Woodland Hills El Camino Real HS in California. Singleton was also offered a scholarship by Utah and received interest from Washington, UNLV, San Francisco, Portland and Pepperdine.

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NM State vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State Game Photos

NM State vs Oklahoma Panhandle State Game Photos

NM State Cruises Past Oklahoma Panhandle State 78-46

Tshilidzi NephaweThe New Mexico State men's basketball team's night started with a technical foul and a sluggish start but the Aggies rolled to a 78-46 romp over Division II opponent Oklahoma Panhandle State on Thursday night. Playing without injured forward Troy Gillenwater and center Hamidu Rahman, the Aggies led Panhandle State by 18 at the break and cruised to the 32-point victory.

The Aggies shot 48.3 percent in the first half that saw them score 38 points. The Aggie defense held OPSU to just 24.6 percent shooting for the game from the floor and just 33.3 percent from the free throw stripe.

Bandja Sy led the Aggies in scoring with 12 points and senior guard Gordo Castillo returned from a one-game absence, sitting out against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday night after injuring his ankle in the Aggies' loss to New Mexico on Saturday. Castillo's playing time was limited to 16 minutes but he managed nine points while hitting 2-of-3 three pointers.

The Aggies led early 8-1 after a fast break layup by Tyrone Watson but would trail OPSU by one at 14-13 after a three pointer from Steve Miller with 9:15 left in the first half but would outscore Panhandle State 26-7 the rest of the half to take a 38-20 lead into the break.

Panhandle would trim the Aggies lead to 16 at 46-30 with 13:49 left in the game after another three by Steve Miller but the Aggies would go on a 12-1 run over the next 3:49 to take a commanding 27 point lead. The Aggies would continue to add to their lead over the final 10 minutes as a Christian Kabongo dunk with 55 seconds left would give the Aggies a 78-46 lead which prove to be the final margin.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Spence Interview :: 12/16/10 Your thoughts on the game at Michigan, another close game that you gave yourselves a chance to win down the stretch.
Darin Spence: Yeah we did. I was really pleased with how we competed. It's a great atmosphere up there. You travel around to different places and you really get a good sense of why the programs at that level are good. They have a lot of things in place. It was a fun atmosphere and I was really pleased with how our players approached it even on the trip getting there. It was really cold, something we're not used to. It was like seven degrees and there was snow and it was slippery but we kept our focus and we were energetic in our gameday shootaround. When the game started we got off to a good start and not just because we made baskets but we defended and we rebounded much much better on the defensive end and that always gives you a chance to find out what you need to do offensively. I was pleased with how we competed and how we hung in there and we gave ourselves a chance, that's for sure. Your team has really been able to handle the tough road environments really well this year. What's been the key to that with having a younger team?
DS: You never know how a group of kids are going to handle an environment, even home games, let alone going to a big name school and we hadn't played in a few days and were coming off of finals. But you never know exactly if they're all going to be on the same page, what their energy level is going to be like, things that coaches have very little control over. So you've got to instill some discipline in your players so that when they do get into that situation they can all come together for that common goal. For us it's always just playing as hard as we can play, competing and giving ourselves a chances, especially on the road.   Continue Reading This Post >>

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