Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Northern Colorado 74-62

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Led by Ivan Aurrecoechea and Eli Chuha, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team gets back on the win column Monday night with a 74-62 victory over Northern Colorado in the opening game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic in the Pan American Center.

The first-half started with both teams exchanging buckets, but it didn’t take long before a 12-3 run by the Aggies (8-2) had them leading 20-8 right after the 11:26 media break on a bucket from Chuha in the paint.

Eight turnovers by NM State within a 5:39 span saw Northern Colorado (6-3) cut the lead down to 20-16 with 7:31 left in the first half. However, a 21-8 offensive blitz by the Aggies led by Chuha’s 10 points and Aurrecoechea’s nine points had New Mexico State take a 41-24 lead into the break.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Hangs Tough In 63-60 Loss To No. 2 Kansas

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - The New Mexico State men's basketball team went toe-to-toe with No. 2 Kansas Saturday night at the Sprint Center on national television before dropping a thrilling 63-60 game.

After going down 12-2, a 9-2 run by the Aggies thanks to a couple 3-pointers from C.J. Bobbitt and JoJo Zamora brought New Mexico State (7-2) within 14-11 of the Jayhawks with 11:39 left in the first half. That KU lead got cut to 14-13 right out of the timeout when Eli Chuha found a cutting Terrell Brown down the far baseline.

Kansas (8-0) answered right back and went on a 7-0 run that was matched by the Aggies – which forced a KU timeout after Zamora drained his second triple to bring NM State within 21-20 of the Jayhawks with 6:09 left in the half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Routs Rival New Mexico 100-65 To Sweep Season Series

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Backed by the play of JoJo Zamora, Ivan Aurrecoechea and Eli Chuha, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team throttled Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico at home 100-65 Tuesday night in the Pan American Center.

The win moves Aggie head coach Chris Jans to 8-0 in his career against rivals and became the first head coach in NM State history to sweep both UNM and UTEP in back-to-back seasons in his first two years at the helm. Jerry Hines is the only coach in Aggie history to sweep both rivals in back-to-back season (1936-38, 1937-39).

New Mexico State’s (7-1) win also ties the program record for the third-longest win-streak against Battle of I-25 rival at five-straight (1954-56). The 35-point victory is also the third-highest margin of victory for NM State and the first 30-plus point margin of victory since the 103-73 victory at home on Dec. 5, 2006.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Holds Off UTEP 62-58 To Sweep Season Series

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - Defense lifted the New Mexico State men’s basketball team Wednesday night at the Don Haskins Center over Battle of I-10 rival UTEP for its ninth-consecutive victory over the Miners.

The win also made Aggie head coach Chris Jans just one of two head coaches to sweep UTEP in their first two seasons at the helm – joining Lou Henson (1966-68). The last time NM State won nine-straight games against UTEP started on Feb. 1, 1967 went through Dec. 12, 1970 for 10-straight.

"I knew this was going to be hard," Jans said post sweep. "Coming over here, rivalry game, a proud program, coaches are doing a good job, players have bought in. We expected kind of what we got. I was curious to see how we would be. I was curious what our mindset was and I thought it was really good."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Rolls Against Eastern New Mexico

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team led the entire way Wednesday night in the Pan American Center and dominated Eastern New Mexico 92-65.

“You know we talked a lot about approach leading up to this game and practice and then in shoot around,” Aggie head coach Chris Jans said. “It was really important to me that the number one key was that we had the correct approach. That we respected our opponent, we respected the game, that we’re not only competing against Eastern New Mexico, but we’re competing against future opponents. I was, for the most part, pretty pleased with them adapting that mantra and having the right frame of mind both in shoot around and in warm-ups. And, for the most part, I thought we did what we needed to do to get the win.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Holds On For 98-94 Win At UNM

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A huge offensive turnaround thanks to career-high 31 points from AJ Harris and season-high 20 points from Terrell Brown saw the New Mexico State men’s basketball team outlast Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico Saturday evening in front of 14,393 hostile fans at Dreamstyle Arena.

With the win, NM State extends its win-streak against UNM to four-straight. The last time the Aggies won four-straight against the Lobos came during the 1993-94 seasons. Coach Jans is now 6-0 in rivalry games since taking the helm.

With the narrow 44-38 lead heading into the break, New Mexico State (3-1) came out guns blazing against the Lobos (2-1) and went on a 16-6 tear for the 60-44 lead before Corey Manigault connected on a pair of free-throws to stop the bleeding.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Routs UTEP 96-69 In Round One Of Battle Of I-10

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State men's basketball team took down Battle of I-10 rival UTEP, 96-69, Friday night at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies improved to 2-0 on the season and won their eighth-straight against the Miners. UTEP has yet to beat the Aggies at the Pan American center since 2010.

UTEP got off to an 18-9 start before NM State went on a 14-9 run to cut the Miner lead to 27-23 with 8:02 left in the first half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Cruises Past North Dakota State 73-56 In Season Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Dominant play from the get-go for the New Mexico State men's basketball team saw it overpower North Dakota State, 73-56, Tuesday night in the Pan American Center as part of The Summit League/WAC Challenge.

Led by JoJo Zamora and Terrell Brown's 16 points and 13 points, respectively, the Aggies never trailed from start to finish to pick up their first win of the 2018-19 campaign. With the victory, NM State is now 56-18-1 all-time when the home and season-opener are on the same day.

New Mexico State got off to a great start after picking up a thunderous slam from JUCO transfer Ivan Aurrecoechea to put the Aggies on top 5-1. From there, NM State shocked the Bison with a 13-2 run that was capped off by Mohamed Thiam's 18-footer and forced North Dakota State to call a timeout.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Ends Season With 79-68 Loss To Clemson In NCAA Tournament

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SAN DIEGO, CA - The historic season for New Mexico State men’s basketball came to an end on Friday night at Viejas Arena with the 12th-seeded Aggies falling to the fifth-seeded Tigers of Clemson University 79-68.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Grand Canyon 72-58 In WAC Title Game

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS - As the clock ticked down in the final moments of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship game, first-year Aggie head coach Chris Jans looked each of his assistants in the eye and congratulated them one-by-one before letting out a roar of jubilation while facing the sea of screaming Aggie fans as they watched the New Mexico State men’s basketball team punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament with a 72-58 win over Grand Canyon Saturday night at Orleans Arena.  Continue Reading This Post >>