NMSU Football Defeats Idaho 17-10 For Fifth Win Of Season

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team took on Sun Belt Conference foe Idaho on Saturday afternoon in Aggie Memorial Stadium. After NM State scored on its first two drives, the Aggie defense then protected the team’s lead with constant quarterback pressure and helped the team get their fifth win of the season, 17-10, over the Vandals.

Following the crucial victory, head coach Doug Martin said, “I’m really proud of our defense, they stepped up and we really needed that today. I just couldn’t be happier for this football team because our guys are resilient and they have believed in themselves all year. As I told them, it’s a one game season now.”

Saturday’s contest opened in the Aggies favor when NM State (5-6, 3-4 SBC) linebacker Leon McQuaker intercepted a pass from Idaho (3-8, 2-5 SBC) quarterback Mason Petrino which was brought back to the NM State 45-yard line.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls To Arkansas 69-60

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EL PASO, TX - New Mexico State women's basketball took on Arkansas in the team's final game at the UTEP Thanksgiving Classic at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday. The Aggies fell to Razorbacks 69-60 to close out their tournament run.

"I feel like overall, we played a more complete game. We still can't have a quarter where we get outscored 24-15. This week is going to be huge for us to go back and look at what areas we need to work on, for instance defensive rebounding," head coach Brooke Atkinson said. "Our players did well in stretches and I thought we executed well down the stretch."

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NMSU Women's Basketball Falls To Texas Southern 66-50

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EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State women's basketball team traveled to take on Texas Southern in the UTEP Thanksgiving Classic at the Don Haskins Center on Friday afternoon. The Aggies fell to the Lady Tigers 66-50 to open the tournament.

NM State (2-3) began the contest with an 8-0 run in the first quarter. The Aggies lead dwindled late when TSU (1-3) scored eight–straight to tie the game at 14-14. Monique Mills hit a three-pointer with less than a minute remaining in the opening period, putting NM State ahead 17-14 at the break.

New Mexico State fell behind early as the Lady Tigers went on a five-point run to start the second quarter. Mills ended the Texas Southern rally by nailing a three-pointer and converting her free-throw on the play. The back-and-forth action continued but NM State maintained a single-point advantage as the team went to the locker room leading 25-24.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Cruises Past Colorado State 89-76

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Big offensive night from Zach Lofton and Eli Chuha led the New Mexico State men’s basketball past Colorado State 89-76 in a midweek clash at the Pan American Center on Wednesday.

Lofton had his best game yet as an Aggie, pouring in 30 points on 12-of-15 shooting with eight rebounds – including a 4-of-7 night beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Chuha finally found his rhythm on the offensive end Wednesday night and erupted for 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting with four rebounds. Both players were very efficient from the floor for NM State (3-1), accounting for 61-percent of the team’s scoring.

New Mexico State and Colorado State (2-3) each had runs throughout the first half with the Rams tying things up three separate times, but was never able to overtake the Aggies in the scoring column.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Falls At Louisiana 47-34

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LAFAYETTE, LA - The New Mexico State football team traveled to Lafayette, La. to take on Sun Belt Conference foe Louisiana at Cajun Field on Saturday. In an offensive showdown on a windy Saturday evening, NM State allowed a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to fall behind and drop the contest to the Ragin’ Cajuns 47-34.

The game opened with quick scoring from both sides, beginning with a three-yard touchdown rush by Louisiana (5-5, 4-2 SBC) quarterback Jordan Davis on the team’s first drive of the game. Then on the ensuing kickoff, Jason Huntley took the kick back 97 yards to tie the game up for NM State (4-6, 2-4 SBC), 7-7, at the 10:30 mark.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls At UNM 86-75

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Despite Gia Pack and Zaire Williams each registering double-doubles, the New Mexico State women’s basketball team’s rally in the second-half was not enough in its 86-75 loss to Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico Saturday afternoon at Dreamstyle Arena.

Coincidentally, the last time NM State had two players tally double-doubles was against UNM back on Nov. 30, 2016. Tamera William (23 points, 12 rebounds) and Brooke Salas (20 points, 10 rebounds) were the last two to do it.

“Our kids kept battling,” Aggie head coach Brooke Atkinson said postgame. “They were aggressive. You know, I told them I’ll never be mad at them for making an aggressive move down the floor and getting an offensive foul. It’s just those ticky-tack fouls 94-feet from the basket. We have to be smarter as a unit.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Pulls Away Late In 75-56 Win Over Rival UNM

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - “I’ve seen it in his face that he (Jans) really wanted this game and we really wanted the game for him,” senior guard Zach Lofton commented. “We like him a lot and to get this win for him, it’s lovely man.”

That was the sentiment by both Lofton and sophomore Sidy N’Dir in the postgame presser Friday night after the New Mexico State men’s basketball team pounded Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico 75-56 in the Pan American Center.

Lofton and N’Dir led the way in former Aggie head coach Paul Weir’s return with 28 points and 14 points, respectively. The graduate transfer poured in 23 of his 28 points in a dominant second-half performance where he was 7-of-11 from the field – including a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball To Bakersfield Falls In WAC Tournament Semifinals

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EDINBURG, TX - The top-seeded New Mexico State volleyball team was defeated by No.4 seeded CSU Bakersfield in the Western Athletic Conference semifinals at the UTRGV Fieldhouse on Friday. The Aggies fell to the Roadrunners 22-25, 20-25, 25-20, 17-25 ending their run in the WAC Tournament.

“First off, I have to give credit to CSU Bakersfield. They served the ball exceptionally well. We did a terrible job at serving and passing the ball in stretches and it really cost us. Our blocking was very poor as well,” head coach Michael Jordan said. “We hit for a decent percentage but our opponents hit way too high of a percentage. We just couldn’t overcome our mistakes.”

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Kaylee Neal Named CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District

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LAS CRUCES, N.M - New Mexico State volleyball senior Kaylee Neal was named to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) First-Team Academic All-District VII honors on Thursday. This is the first time she has received the award.

Neal becomes the first Aggie since Kelsey Brennan to earn all-district honors (2010) and the first player since Jordan Bostic (2006-07) to earn first-team accolades. The senior libero currently boasts a perfect 4.00 grade point average in accounting and is just the fourth Aggie to earn first-team all-district honors and eighth NM State player to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District recognitions.

The Gilbert, Ariz., product started in 9-of-28 matches this season playing primarily as a defensive specialist. Neal has tallied 10 service aces this season while registering 147 digs. The senior also posted nine assists during the regular season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Tohm Named WAC Volleyball Player Of The Year, Sierra Named Libero Of The Year, Jordan Named Coach Of The Year

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EDINBURG, TX - The Western Athletic Conference announced the volleyball postseason awards as voted on by the leagues head coaches on Wednesday night. Five Aggie players received accolades including Kassandra Tohm, who received the prized Player of the Year award and Ariadnne Sierra, who earned her second-straight Libero of the Year honor. Head Coach Mike Jordan was also named the league’s Coach of the Year.

“We are very proud of everyone and what they’ve accomplished this season,” Jordan said. “They’ve worked hard at improving and are very deserving of their award.”  Continue Reading This Post >>