Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

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

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

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

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

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.”

How It Happened  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Falls At No. 21/22 St. Mary's 92-74

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MORAGA, CA - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team kept within striking distance of No. 21/22 Saint Mary’s Monday night at the McKeon Pavilion, but just couldn’t keep up with the Gaels in the second half and fell 92-74.

“In the second half, we just kind of wore out a little bit,” Jans said. “To beat Saint Mary’s, with as well coached as they are and as well schooled as they are, you are going to have to play really, really good. We felt good about it going into the game. We felt like we had a chance. They were just too much in the end.”

New Mexico State (1-1) got the jitters all out of its system last Friday, as it exchanged blow-for-blow with No. 21/22 Saint Mary’s (2-0) the entire first half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Opens Jans Era With 81-55 Victory Over East Central Oklahoma

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A huge second-half surge coupled with great performances from veteran players powered the New Mexico State men’s basketball team past East Central Oklahoma in its season and home-opener Friday night inside the Pan American Center.

With the win, the Aggies are 68-42-1 when playing in season-openers and 55-18-1 when both their season and home-openers were on the same night. NM State is also 82-27-1 all-time in home-openers now after the win on Friday night.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Edges Southeastern 90-83 In Exhibition

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Plenty to improve upon after the New Mexico State men’s basketball team edged past Southeastern Wednesday night, 90-83, in the Pan American Center.

“We played a lot of guys, I think we played 10 guys 12-plus minutes” remarked head coach Chris Jans. “As you mentioned, we played a lot of different line ups. That’s what these games are for, they are great opportunities to get the rust off for the returnees and throw the new guys into the fire and see what they are made of. Obviously with the returnees there was a big gap between productivity with the guys that have been there to the new guys in our program.”

Southeastern came out of the gates and traded buckets with NM State, taking no more than a three point lead for a good 13 minutes of action. However, the Aggie offense found itself after the third media timeout.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Ends Season With Loss To 3-seed Baylor In NCAA Tournament

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TULSA, OK - The beloved 14th-seeded New Mexico State men’s basketball team saw its season come to a close on Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against the third-seeded Baylor Bears in the BOK Center.

NM State (28-6), who made its 20th all-time appearance to the Big Dance, gave BU a run for its money before the Bears – who are ranked No. 12/11 in the latest AP and USA Today Polls – went on a run in the second half to extend their season 91-73.

New Mexico State came out as focused as it has ever been, knocking down 4-of-8 shots from the floor – including a five-footer from Jemerrio Jones that gave the Aggies an 8-3 lead heading into the first media timeout (15:17).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats CSUB 70-60 To Claim WAC Tournament Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The historic season for first-year head coach Paul Weir and the 2016-17 NM State men’s basketball team continues to rewrite history books as the second-seeded Aggies punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament with a 70-60 victory over the top-seed CSU Bakersfield Saturday night at Orleans Arena. NM State has now captured the WAC Tournament title for the fifth time in six years with its win.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Surges Past UMKC 78-60, Advances To WAC Title Game

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The much anticipated rematch between New Mexico State and CSU Bakersfield has come to fruition as NM State defeated UMKC 78-60 late Friday night and into Saturday morning at the Orleans Arena.

With the win, NM State moves to 27-5 overall on the year and tied Lou Henson’s 1969-70 Final Four team for the most wins in program history.

The Aggies will also be making its sixth-straight appearance in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament title game and ninth total appearance since joining the league 12 years ago.

Ian Baker and Braxton Huggins tied for a game-high 18 points while four other Aggies were hovering around the double-digit mark with eight or nine points.

An early shooting slump plagued the Aggies once again, but like clockwork, NM State found its rhythm and four-straight free-throws fueled an 11-0 run that forced UMKC (17-16) head coach Kareem Richardson to call a timeout.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Advances To WAC Tournament Semifinals With 67-53 Win Over Chicago State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team overcame a tough opening half from the floor and waltzed away with a 67-53 win over Chicago State in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinals in Orleans Arena.

With the win, NM State is now 13-2 all-time in Las Vegas with its only losses coming in 2011 against Boise State (semifinals) and then in 2016 against CSU Bakersfield (championship).  Continue Reading This Post >>