Tristan Peterson Named WAC Baseball Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Tristan Peterson has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for March 18 – March 24.

Peterson, a junior infielder from Tucson, Ariz. (Canyon del Oro HS/Howard JC), was the top hitter in the WAC during the opening weekend of conference play in a series win against CSU Bakersfield and chipped in a solid non-conference game at Arizona as well. On the week, he was 12-of-19 from the plate with 13 RBIs, five home runs and seven runs scored. All five home runs and 10 of those RBIs came in a three-game series against CSU Bakersfield as the transfer helped the Aggies outscore the ‘Runners, 44-14. Through the first three games of WAC play, he is hitting .643 with a 1.786 slugging percentage.

NMSU Women's Golf Rallies For Red Rocks Invite Team Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CORNVILLE, AZ - The New Mexico State women’s golf team completed play at the two-day, three-round Red Rocks Invitational on Sunday at the Agave Highland Golf Club. After sitting in a tie for fourth at the start of the day, the Aggies fired a tournament-best 278 (-6) for a final team score of 853 (+1) that saw the team take home the Red Rocks Invite championship, the second team title of the season for the Crimson & White.

Following the impressive comeback for the team championship, head coach Danny Bowen said, “Really proud of the teams play this week. After having a rough spring so far, we played with a lot of confidence and were able to hole a lot of putts which was fun. Today’s comeback win just showed how much determination they had to get the job done!”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Finishes Season With Loss Against Iowa State In NCAA Tournament

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

AMES, IA - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team bowed out of the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a 97-61 loss against third-seeded Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum on Saturday night.

“All year long this team has battled,” said head coach Brooke Atkinson. “They put together a heck of year, a heck of a streak, a heck of a run, and just coming into this environment, Iowa State is a good basketball team, I thought we battled them.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Wild Finishes Were The Norm For New Mexico State Basketball In 2018-19

The Aggies’ 2018-19 season ended in the NCAA Tournament with a 78-77 loss against Auburn in a wild finish and to many a wild, unbelievable, bizarre, wildly unbelievable bizarre finish. While it certainly was wild, the Aggies were no strangers to wild, bizarre finishes to games this season so where does the NCAA tournament game rank on the list of finishes to games? Here’s our ranking:

1. Johnny McCants hits a halfcourt buzzer beater to stun Grand Canyon.
With the Aggies leading by three wth 35 seconds left and with possession of the ball, AJ Harris had his pocket picked not once but twice leading to two GCU layups and a one point deficit. Terrell Brown would miss a pair of free throws that could have tied or given the Aggies the lead but GCU’s Trey Dreschel missed the front end of a one-and-one with six seconds left and the rest is history.

2. Trevelin Queen beats the buzzer to stun Cal State Bakersfield in overtime.
This was perhaps an even more bizarre a final 69 seconds than the Auburn game. The Aggies were riding a seven game win streak after dropping their WAC opener at Cal Baptist. The streak looked dead in the water with Bakersfield leading by nine points with 1:09 left to play. After a Johnny McCants free throw cut the Roadrunners’ lead to eight with 58 seconds left, the Aggies started pressing and Bakersfield completely unraveled committing four turnovers meanwhile the Aggies would get a jumper from AJ Harris (deficit cut to six), a free throws from Terrell Brown (deficit at four), another pair of free throws from McCants (deficit at two) and a dunk from Brown (tie game). The Aggies then trailed by a bucket after a Jarkel Joiner jumper with eight seconds left but Trevelin Quieen would hit a wide open three at the buzzer for the win.

3. The Aggies come THIS close to an NCAA Tournament upset

4. New Mexico State avoids historic collapse at The Pit.
The Aggies led by 19 points with nine minutes left, by 14 with 2:25 left and by seven with 34 seconds left. A three pointer from UNM’s Vance Jackson with 23 seconds left cut the lead to three. missed free throws from Terrell Brown followed by a layup from UNM’s Anthony Mathis cut the lead to two points with seven seconds left. What followed on the ensuing inbounds play was a comedy of errors by both teams as Shunn Buchanan turned the ball over but then Anthony Mathis returned the favor as he was attempting to drive to the basket and the Aggies hung on and avoided what would have been a collapse of monumental proportions.

5. New Mexico State hangs on at UTRGV
The Aggies led by six with 50 seconds left but UTRGV hit a pair of threes, the teams traded free throws, UTRGV’s Tyson Smith got a layup with 13 seconds left to tied the game at 61 and then AJ Harris found Eli Chuha with a bullet pass for a layup with eight seconds left to give the Aggies the 63-61 win.

Honorable Mention:

New Mexico State Sweeps Washington State
JoJo Zamora buries Washington State with a three with 1.9 seconds left to give the Aggies a 75-72 win. New Mexico State led this game by as many as 16 in the first half.

Aggies' potential game-winning layup blocked against Drake
Trailing by 15 just a couple of minutes into the second half of their game against Drake, the Aggies chipped away and trailed by just one after a three pointer from Terrell Brown with 23 seconds left. After a missed free throw from Nick McGlynn, Terrell Brown drove the baseline and looked like he would get a go-ahead layup but was stuffed by McGlynn who would then hit a pair of free throws to ice the game.
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NCAA Tournament Postgame Press Conference Quotes :: New Mexico State

CHRIS JANS: Heck of a college basketball game. That is what March Madness is all about. Really proud of our guys. I think a lot of teams would have packed and went home when it got bleak for a while. We kept trying to whittle it back and we gave ourselves a chance. We gave ourselves a chance, in the end to come from behind and get a win in the tournament. Unfortunately, we didn't.

Q. I want to know, did you know you were down by two and based on that, you know, talk about your decision to kick it out for the win, I guess?
AJ HARRIS: I seen the points, we were down two, so I felt like Terrell Brown was open, he got a great shot off, got fouled. I was trusting my teammate, my partner.

Q. Did you think you had an open shot? For us, it looked like you were open. I don't know.
AJ HARRIS: Yes, I did, I had the open shot. I felt like Terrell Brown was going to hit the three.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Terrell Brown Named NABC All-Region

Written By: WAC Media Relations

KANSAS CITY, MO - Six WAC men's basketball players have been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 6 Team announced today. CSU Bakersfield's Jarkel Joiner and Utah Valley's Jake Toolson were first team selections, while California Baptist's Milan Acquaah, Grand Canyon's Carlos Johnson, NM State's Terrell Brown and Seattle U's Myles Carter were named to the second team.

Joiner, a first team All-WAC honoree, averages 16.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. He ranks second in the WAC in scoring and had 11 games with 20 or more points this season. Joiner was named WAC Player of the Week once this season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NCAA Tournament Press Conference Quotes :: Auburn

Q. Guys, first off, what do you think of New Mexico State, the depth, what you have seen in your scouting, in your preparation? Bryce?
BRYCE BROWN: They're a talented team, a very deep team like you said, they have pretty good guards, good bigs, and they have depth in all of those areas. So I think guarding their guards, keeping their guards in front of us, you know, helping our bigs out a little bit because it won't be a one-man team for them. Just helping out as much as we can because we're going to see these quick guards, fast guards, they are kind of undersized in their big, so their bigs aren't slow, undersized big as well.

Q. Jared?
JARED HARPER: They shoot the three-ball well, they are a similar team to us. They like to run, they like to press and force turnovers. So see how similar they are to us and know the things we have to do.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NCAA Tournament Press Conference Quotes :: New Mexico State

Q. Eli, can you tell me how last year's experience will help you out this year at the NCAA tournament?
ELI CHUHA: This is my third time being here. I have a lot more years of experience. From last year I felt like it gives us a little boost and watching film on these guys from last year, learning from last year what we didn't do good. This is a learning experience, so I feel like it will help us in the long run.

Q. Can both of you talk about what you have seen from Auburn and what stands out to you since you have been watching the last couple of days?
ELI CHUHA: They are strong, they are athletic, that is what we have seen so far. So really, they are super athletic and they are stronger. So, that's all we see right now.

Q. Shunn?
SHUNN BUCHANAN: Athleticism and quickness and the size of them, that is about it.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Splits Doubleheader At UTEP

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State softball team faced UTEP in a doubleheader at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex on Tuesday. The Aggies topped the Miners 12-4 in the first game but fell 11-3 in five innings in the following contest.

GAME ONE

After a scoreless first for both squads, NM State (11-12) got on the board first when Kennedy Johnson sent a ball over the left center fence. With Kayla Green in the circle, the senior pitched a pair of scoreless frames before allowing a solo homer to UTEP (8-20) in the third, tying the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>