The Daily Aggie :: 11/22/10

The Aggie men's basketball team lost their third straight game yesterday afternoon falling 80-61 to a previously struggling USC team. Troy Gillenwater played just eight minutes in the loss and was benched for disciplinary reasons according to Jeff Thomas of The Republican.

This was a lost opportunity for the Aggies to pick up some resume boosting victories. While it's difficult to gauge how good UMass was it was clear that USC was struggling coming into the Tipoff. At the very least earning a split on the road would have been acceptable. Unfortunately that was not in the cards for the Aggies and they now head to El Paso tomorrow night for the first of two games against UTEP.

The Aggies need to figure out their on-the-court issues. Two of the past three games head coach Marvin Menzies has had some unflattering things to say about either the team or individual peformances. Against Arizona he felt that the Aggies quit playing in the second half. Against USC yesterday he called the entire team "flat from the beginning" and also said that Troy Gillenwater was not ready to play and that he was "not very happy with him right now."

The Aggies should at the very least have a good scout on UTEP since head coach Tim Floyd was the head coach at USC when Marvin Menzies and the Aggies played the Trojans in Los Angeles two years ago.

The Aggies still have plenty of RPI-boosting opportunities left with four games against UTEP and St. Mary's and Pacific both coming into the Pan Am before the end of the year.

The Aggie women's basketball team is back in action tonight as they try to bounce back from a tough loss to Houston on Saturday. The Aggies are hosting Western New Mexico. This will be the first official game for the Mustangs who have lost a pair of exhibition games against Northern Arizona and UNM. The Mustangs have not played since November 9th. This should be a rout and it should be over by halftime.

One thing that the Aggies need to do is put together a good defensive performance for an entire game. It hasn't happened so far as the Aggies have given up at least 80 points in three of their four games and gave up 75 (albeit in overtime) in their other game.

The Aggies have shown the ability to score points but on nights like this past Saturday when the shots aren't falling, the Aggies need to be able to also keep the other team from scoring.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff. The game can be heard on the radio on KSNM AM 570 and streaming audio will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

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Five Aggies Earn All-WAC Honors; Three Named To First Team


Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS - Four New Mexico State volleyball players earned Western Athletic Conference honors as the awards were announced at the WAC Volleyball Tournament banquet, Sunday, Nov. 21, in Las Vegas. The award winners were selected by the league's head coaches.

Senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens, junior middle hitter Kelsey Brennan and junior setter Jennah DeVries earned first team All-WAC honors while senior outside hitter Whitney Woods tabbed second team honors.

It is the second consecutive season for Giddens, Brennan and DeVries to earn first team honors, while Woods earned first team honors in 2009.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Loses Third Straight Falling 80-61 To USC

The Aggie men's basketball team dropped their third consecutive game falling 80-61 to the USC Trojans on Sunday afternoon at the Hall of Fame Tipoff in Springfield, Mass. Christian Kabongo led the Aggies in scoring with 14 points while Troy Gillenwater played just eight minutes and scored just two points, both from the free throw line.

The Aggies scored the game's first basket but six minutes into the game the Aggies trailed USC 15-5.

The Aggies would trim the deficit to three points at 24-21 after a pair of free throws by Christian Kabongo but a quick 7-2 spurt by USC gave the Trojans an eight point lead. The Aggies would get a three pointer fromGordo Castillo with 2:11 left in the first half to cut the deficit to five points but USC would go on a 12-5 run over the final 1:53 to take a 12 point lead into the break.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 11/21/10

It was a tough day for Aggie fans of just about any sport yesterday as three of the four teams competing yesterday were beaten and beaten soundly. The Aggie equestrian team was the only Aggie team to come out of the day with a victory as they defeated Fresno State.

As for football, women's basketball and men's basketball, the three teams lost and lost big. The Aggie football team lost to Nevada 52-6 in Reno. Just about the only good thing about the game was that at Nevada didn't roll up 844 yards of offense as they did against Idaho a couple weeks ago. The Aggies were able to hold the Wolf Pack to under 500 yards and did a fairly decent job against Colin Kaepernick in the run game.

The Aggies will wrap up the 2010 season next Saturday against Hawai'i. The Warriors defeated San Jose State 41-7 yesterday and threw for a school record 560 yards.

The Aggie women's basketball team went through a first half scoring drought and fell behind by 14 points at halftime and just could not recover and lost by 20 points to a veteran Houston Cougar team last night in the Aggies' home opener.

Tabytha Wampler finished the night with 14 points and seven rebounds, Jasmine Lowe finished with 18 points and Madison Spence finished with 14 points. The rest of the Aggies combined for 16 points.

Up next for the Aggies is a home game against Western New Mexico on Monday night. It will be the first of three games this week as the Aggies will also host their Thanksgiving Classic. All three games this week are very winnable for the Aggies.

The Aggie men's basketball team had an even worse time than the Aggie women's basketball team falling behind by 19 points at halftime. The Aggies could hit nothing in the first half hitting just seven shots while UMass did not have that problem hitting 67 percent in the half. The Aggies were able to cut the deficit to 12 points on a couple of occasions in the second half but just couldn't get the deficit into single-digits.

The Aggies have to rebound quickly as they face USC today at 12:30 p.m. MT. The Trojans led Bradley until the very last second as the Braves hit three free throws with under a second left to steal the game.

USC will not be a happy team after losing in that manner and coming off a 20-point loss to Rider as well.

Today's game can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network and streaming audio will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

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NM State vs. Houston Game Photos

NM State vs. Houston Game Photos

Aggie Women's Basketball Falls 82-62 In Home Opener Against Houston

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's basketball team could not overcome two double-digit runs by a veteran Houston team in each half, falling 82-62 to the Cougars in the Aggies' home opener at the Pan American Center on Saturday night.

Houston put together a 15-0 run after the under-eight minute media timeout of the first half to pull ahead 30-19 with 3:24 left in the stanza. Cougar reserve guard Roxana Button stunned the Aggies by scoring seven straight during the rally with two threes and a free throw.

Down 39-25 at halftime, Aggie junior forward Tabytha Wampler attained double digits after a pair of free throws to cut the UH lead to 12. But the Cougars responded with a 10-0 run to go up 49-27 at the 16:55 mark and held off NM State the rest of the way.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Falls 71-57 To UMass

Troy Gillenwater finished with 13 points and seven rebounds as the Aggies dropped their second consecutive game losing 71-57 to UMass at the Hall of Fame Tipoff in Springfield, Mass on Saturday night.

The Aggies trailed 44-23 at halftime behind hot shooting by UMass and ice cold shooting by the Aggies. UMass hit 65.4 percent of their shots in the first half while the Aggies hit just 30.4 percent. Hamidu Rahman paced the Aggies with 10 points in the first half but did not score the rest of the game. UMass jumped out to a 6-1 lead and by the under 12 minute media timeout the Aggies trailed 20-7. UMass would go outscore the Aggies 7-2 and at the under eight minute media timeout the Aggies trailed 27-9. The Aggies would fall behind even further trailing 35-13 with 5:27 left. The Aggies would cut the deficit to 14 points down 37-23 with 3:02 left but the Aggies would not score the remainder of the half and trailed 44-23 at the break.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall 52-6 To No. 18 Nevada

The Aggie football team fell 52-6 to No. 18 Nevada on Saturday afternoon. Tyler Stampler hit two of three field goal attempts to account for the Aggies' only scoring.

Nevada received the ball to start the game and drove 75 yards on 14 plays for a touchdown taking a 7-0 lead. The Aggies' first drive started at their own 21 yard line and on the first play from scrimmage Andrew Manley hit Taveon Rogers for a 44-yard completion down to the Nevada 35 yard line. Manley would complete a pass to Marcus Allen for seven yards but the Aggies' drive would stall after back-to-back incompletions. Tyler Stampler would miss a 46 yard field goal just his third miss of the season.

The Wolf Pack would take over and drive 53 yards on seven plays settling for a 36-yard field goal to take a 10-0 lead. Following the field goal the Wolf Pack would score touchdowns on three of their next four possessions while the Aggies would get a second quarter field goal, a 47-yarder from Tyler Stampler as the Wolf Pack held a 31-3 lead at halftime.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 11/20/10

The Aggie football team is in Reno today to take on the 18th ranked Wolf Pack. Consider it a redemption game for both teams, although for different reasons. The Aggies are hoping to redeem themselves from a very poor defensive performance against the Wolf Pack last year at Aggie Memorial stadium. Nevada ran around, over, through the Aggie defense last year to the tune of 574 yards rushing and a 63-20 shellacking that wasn't as close as the 43 point difference would suggest. The Aggies scored two garbage time touchdowns to make the final score a bit more palatable (if that's even possible). The Wolf Pack had three players with over 100 yards rushing, became the first team to ever have three different players rush for 1,000 yards in the same season and just about everybody that touched the ball on a running play had success.

This year the Aggies hope to erase the bad taste from their mouth with a better defensive performance. The goal for the Aggies is to be competitive in this game. They had some success containing Utah State quarterback Diondre Borel who possesses a lot of the same skillset that Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick has. With two games left in the season it's no longer about wins and losses for the Aggies. It's about being competitive against good teams and heading into the offseason with some forward momentum.

For Nevada they're looking for redemption from an embarrassing loss to the Aggies in 2008. That year the Aggies went to Reno and pulled out a 48-45 victory over the Wolf Pack. Apparently that memory is still fresh in the Wolf Pack players' and coaches' minds and they say they're not overlooking the Aggies as the showdown with Boise State looms large next weekend.

Today's game is scheduled for an early 2:05 p.m. MT start. Fans can listen to the game on the Aggie Sports Network with Kyle Doperalski calling the action filling in for Jack Nixon who is with the Aggie men's basketball team at the Hall of Fame Tipoff in Springfield, Mass. Streaming audio is also available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie women's basketball team is back in action after their 80-75 overtime win against UTEP on Wednesday night. The Aggies host Houston also from Conference USA. The Aggies are 2-4 against Houston but the last time the Cougars visited the Pan Am they were ranked in the Top 25 and the Aggies came out with a 68-63 victory.

It's the first home game for the Aggies and they'll need to avoid a letdown coming off the emotional victory over UTEP. As will be the case all year long, the Aggies need to have good games from Madison Spence and Tabytha Wampler and have other players also contribute with solid games.

The Cougars have played one game this season, an 88-48 drubbing of UT-Arlington. The Cougars' top five scorers are all upperclassmen. It will be a good test for both teams and should be a high-scoring affair. The Aggies have scored at least 79 points in all three games, however, the Aggies have also given up at least 75 points in all three games.

The tipoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. and the game can be heard in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews calling the action. Streaming audio will also be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie men's basketball team is also back in action as they look to bounce back from a disappointing result against Arizona on Thursday night. The Aggies are also looking to get back to being a hard-working team for 40 minutes after getting called out by Coach Menzies for a lack of effort and desire in the final 10 minutes of the game that saw them go from an eight point deficit to a 26-point loss.

UMass is 2-0 on the young season with victories over Rider and Sacred Heart. The Aggies should be favored in this game despite it being a virtual home game for the Minutemen. UMass is led in scoring by redshirt senior guard Anthony Gurley who is averaging 24.5 points per game. Second leading scorer for UMass is sophomore guard Freddie Riley who is averaging 18.5 points per game.

UMass is a solid free throw shooting team through two games having hit 40-of-55 (72.7 percent). The Aggies struggled from the stripe against Arizona and are hitting just 65.3 percent (49-of-75).

Tipoff for the game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. MT and can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with Jack Nixon calling the action. Streaming audio is also available via Aggie Access (subscription required). Live Stats are also available for the game and UMass will be conducting a Live Blog.

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NM State Equestrian Photos

NM State Equestrian Photos