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The Daily Aggie :: 02/08/11

LA Tech week commenced for the Aggie men's and women's basketball teams with the women falling 85-63 in Ruston and the men coming out victorious, 75-57 in Las Cruces.

It was really a similar type situation in both games for the home teams. The LA Tech women jumped out to a big lead in the first half and the Aggie women battled back to make it a seven point game at halftime. In Las Cruces, the Aggie men jumped out to a big lead but the LA Tech men battled back to make it a nine point game at halftime (getting as close as four points with under three minutes left).

The LA Tech women scored the first six points of the first half to build a 15-point lead and never really looked back, the Aggie women got to within 11 but never closer than that and trailed by anywhere from 14 to 19 points most of the second half before losing by 22. The Aggie men scored the first seven points of the second half to build a 16-point lead and led by as many as 23, LA Tech closed to within 13 but never got closer than that the rest of the way as the Aggie lead was anywhere from 15 to 20 points before winning by 18.

The Aggie women got to the free throw line against Louisiana Tech as we said they needed to do last night, they shot 21 free throws hitting 17. Unfortunately, they did not hit three pointers last night shooting just 2-of-15. The Lady Techsters on the other hand were hot from three point distance converting 7-of-13 and matching (and exceeding by one) the Aggie free throw total. The 22-point final margin of victory can mostly be attributed to those 15 extra points that the Lady Techsters scored from three point distance. We mentioned yesterday that the Aggies were the best three point shooting team percentage-wise in the WAC during conference play. The Aggies shot well under that average and Louisiana Tech shot well above their average.

As for the men, they did a great job of keeping Olu Ashaolu contained. He scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds and his numbers were largely matched by Tshilidzi Nephawe who finished with five points and seven rebounds.

One major concern for the Aggies is the status of Troy Gillenwater who went down late in the game with an ankle injury. His status for Saturday's game is unknown as of right now but we'll find out more later this week on his status.

From here on out every conference game is a must-win for the Aggies as they try to stay in second place in conference play. Nevada is tied with the Aggies in the loss-column with the two teams appearing to be headed for a showdown for second in the final week of the season. The Aggies can't afford to slip up in conference play as Nevada has no more "guaranteed losses" on their conference schedule having played Utah State twice already this season. The Aggies don't have a cushion, they could have built a little one had they been able to defeat Fresno State last week, unfortunately that is not the case and New Mexico State must face both Nevada and Utah State the final week of the season as well as make the dreaded San Jose/Honolulu swing where wins are not guaranteed.

As for the Aggie women, they sit 4-4 at the midway point of their conference slate and have played just two home conference games. That's not too shabby. That means the Aggies will play six of their final eight conference games at home, if they can finish 6-2 or 5-3 in that final eight game stretch they'll be right around the top four in the conference standings.

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NM State vs. Louisiana Tech Game Photos

NM State vs. Louisiana Tech Game Photos

Aggies Overpower Louisiana Tech 75-57

Tshilidzi NephaweThe New Mexico State men's basketball team improved to 7-4 in conference play with a 75-57 victory over Louisiana Tech on Monday night in the Pan American Center. Troy Gillenwater scored a game-high 19 points but left late in the second half and did not return after injuring his right ankle. Tyrone Watson matched his career-high scoring 17 points and grabbing four rebounds, dishing out four assists, two steals and a block.

New Mexico State jumped out to a 6-0 lead but led by just one, 9-8, after a three pointer from the Bulldogs' DeAndre Brown, part of his team-high 18 points. The Aggies would respond with a 16-4 run to extend their lead to 13 points with 9:18 left in the first half and would go up by 14 at 30-16 with 7:41 left to play in the first half on a three pointer by Christian Kabongo. Louisiana Tech would cut into the Aggie lead over the next five minutes as they would get to within just four points, 32-28, after a layup from DeAndre Brown. The Aggies would answer with a 7-2 run over the final two and a half minutes of the half to go into the break leading 39-30.

The Aggies would open the second half on a 7-0 run to go up by 15 points and extended their lead to 23 points, 56-33, on a dunk by B.J. West. The Bulldogs would counter with a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 13 capped by a three pointer from Lonnie Smith but the Aggies would answer back with a 5-0 run to take a 61-43 lead with 9:03 left in the game. The Aggies would push their lead out to 20 after a jumper from B.J. West with 3:26 left to play and the Aggies would hold on down the stretch for the 75-57 victory.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women Fall 85-63 At Louisiana Tech

Madison Spence and Jasmine Lowe combined for 30 points but the New Mexico State women's basketball team fell 85-63 at Louisiana Tech on Monday night.

The Aggies trailed early 11-4 but pulled to within a bucket at 13-11 on a jumper by Ariella McGhee with 14:44 left in the first half. The Aggies would continue the run taking a 14-13 lead on a three pointer from Jasmine Lowe but the Lady Techsters would score four in a row to take a 17-14 lead. After a free throw from Jasmine Lowe cut the Techsters' lead to two at 17-15, Louisiana Tech would go on a 16-2 run to take a 16 point lead going ahead 33-17 with 7:28 left in the first half.

Madison Spence would end the point run by the Techsters with a jumper and spark a 15-6 run over the final seven minutes by the Aggies as they went into halftime trailing just 39-32.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 02/07/11

The Aggie men's and women's basketball teams are back in action tonight as they take on Louisiana Tech. The women are in Ruston trying to hand the Lady Techsters their first loss in conference play. LA Tech defeated Fresno State 90-84 in overtime on Saturday. The loss by Fresno State puts the Aggies just a game behind Fresno State in the loss column.

LA Tech is averaging 80.1 points per game in league play, highest in the WAC. For the Aggies to come away with a win tonight, they'll need to find their way to the free throw line and they'll need to knock down a few threes. The Aggies are the second best free throw shooting team in conference play and the best three point shooting team percentage-wise at 37.3 percent.

The Aggies will also need to take care of the ball as LA Tech is averaging 11.5 steals per game in conference play.

Five of LA Tech's eight conference wins have been by seven points or less, three of them in overtime. If the Aggies can play well, this is a game that they definitely have a chance to win.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. (MT) tip-off and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie men's basketball team looks to get back on the winning track tonight after a disappointing loss at Fresno State last week. The Aggies host Louisiana Tech tonight in a game that they should win but must be be focused.

The Bulldogs are coming off a hellish trip to Fresno. The Bulldogs led Fresno State 38-26 at the half but went cold in the second half losing 72-64. LA Tech point guard DeAndre Brown scored 23 points in the loss and could be a player that gives the Aggies some trouble. Brown is a scoring point guard and the Aggies struggled earlier this season with Nevada's scoring point guard Deonte Burton (22 points).

The Aggies also need to contain LA Tech big man Olu Ashaolu who is capable of putting up big numbers on the glass. Ashaolu had monster games against Nevada and Louisiana Tech with 26 points and 17 rebounds against the Wolf Pack and 24 points and 18 rebounds against the Vandals.

Rebounding has been an issue for the Aggies so they'll need to step up that area of their game against a player who can on any given night grab nearly as many rebounds individually as the three Aggie big men, Gillenwater, Rahman and Nephawe are averaging combined and particularly with Hamidu Rahman's status listed as questionable after taking an elbow to the face against Fresno State.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (MT) tip-off can can be seen on AggieVision, ESPN Full Court with streaming video available on ESPN3.com. The game can also be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with streaming audio available via Aggie Access.

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Aggie Swimming And Diving Defeats UNM For Fourth Consecutive Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State swimming and diving team cruised to a 144-98 win over New Mexico in the regular season finale. The Aggies defeated the Lobos for the fourth consecutive time.

“I think it was the perfect meet to end on leading into conference,” head coach Rick Pratt said. “Our team swam with a lot of passion, and we had several in-season best times so that’s always promising.”

The Aggies also celebrated their five seniors, Mariesa Cloud, Kelly Conrad, Theresa Illgen, Alannah Lawrence and Kelly Runestrand, that competed in Las Cruces for the final time.

“I think our seniors were great,” Pratt said. “It was a real emotional day with a lot going through their minds. It’s always fun.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Forty Two Fall Sports Aggie Athletes Earn Academic All-WAC

DENVER, CO - The 2010-11 Academic All-WAC men’s and women’s cross country, football, soccer and volleyball teams were announced for fall. A total of 330 WAC student-athletes were named to the list for the fall including 42 student-athletes from New Mexico State. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests. The following is a list of the fall sport honorees at New Mexico State:  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 02/04/11

Tough loss for the Aggie men's basketball team last night in Fresno. The Aggies lost 88-83 in overtime and gave up a five point lead with 2:07 left in regulation. The Aggies also lost despite getting Fresno State center Greg Smith in foul trouble for the second straight meeting. Smith finished with 17 points and seven rebounds and fouled out right before overtime. He was perfect from the floor, 7-of-7, and also 3-of-3 from the free throw line.

It's an opportunity lost for the Aggies because Boise State and Idaho both lost last night and Nevada lost the night before at Utah State. The Aggies could have really put a stranglehold on second place had they been able to close out the game, unfortunately, that was not the case and the Aggies are still in a tight battle for that 2nd place spot.

The big winner last night was Utah State. They are now four games clear of the rest of the field with six games left to play. It's safe to say that the regular season title and a bye into the semifinals is sealed.

The Aggies will return to action on Monday night when they host Louisiana Tech, a team that has won two conference games in a row after starting 0-7.

The Aggies must take care of business down the stretch. They have the dreaded San Jose/Honolulu road trip still to take, a loss in either of those games, or both, is not out of the question. Nevada and Utah State also visit Las Cruces to finish the season, a home sweep against the two schools is not guaranteed. If the Aggies don't play well down the stretch, the could find themselves outside the top four which is what makes last night's loss so disappointing.

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Aggies Fall 88-83 In Overtime At Fresno State

Troy Gillenwater scored 33 points, his second 30-plus effort in the past two games, but it was not enough as the Aggies fell 88-83 in overtime at Fresno State. The Aggies shot 58.3 percent from the field in the first half and 50 percent in the second half but hit just 1-of-8 shots from the field in the overtime period.

The Aggies fell behind early as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-9 lead. The Aggies would respond with a 13-2 run behind two three pointers from Christian Kabongo and one from Troy Gillenwater to pull to within one point at 23-22. The Bulldogs would answer with a 13-4 run taking a 36-26 lead with 2:25 left to play in the half. The Aggies would end the half on a 9-1 run to cut the deficit to two at 37-35.  Continue Reading This Post >>