Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls At Bakersfield 62-52

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team took on CSU Bakersfield in a battle of No. 1 versus No. 2 in Western Athletic Conference play at the Icardo center on Thursday night. Despite leading late into the third quarter

NM State (12-10, 6-2 WAC) allowed CSU Bakersfield (13-10, 7-2 WAC) to open the game on a 5-0 run, but the Aggies quickly answered with a 7-0 run of their own to grab their first lead just 6:39 in. A scoring drought of 2:17 highlighted stout defense for each side before NM State closed out with the final three baskets of the first quarter to lead Bakersfield 16-11.

The beginning of the second quarter featured aggressive defensive play from each side prior to Gia Pack knocking down a three-pointer to open up the scoring at the 8:34 mark. The teams began to trade baskets before a media stoppage in which NM State led Bakersfield 24-20 with 4:39 remaining in the first half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Routs UTRGV

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Backed by Zach Lofton’s season-high 34 points, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team routed UT Rio Grande Valley 90-67 early Saturday evening inside the pan American Center. The win pushes NM State’s win-streak now to nine-straight and keeps the Aggies undefeated in Western Athletic play, 7-0.

In a game full of highlights for NM State, senior Jemerrio Jones had a big night and pulled down a career-tying 20 rebounds to go with 10 points and five assists for his 14th double-double of the year. Jones last grabbed 20 boards in 2015 against Temple College (Feb. 21) while at Hill Junior College.

Jones’ 20 boards made him the 12th Aggie to pull down at least 20 rebounds and was the 24th time an NM State player pulled down 20-plus in a single-game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Cruises Past UMKC 73-48

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - An offensive blitz coupled with a tough defensive stance in the second-half saw the New Mexico State men’s basketball team cruise past UMKC 73-48 Saturday night at Municipal Auditorium.

The win keeps NM State undefeated in league play and moves the Aggies to 18-3 overall on the year while pushing its win-streak to seven-straight along with its road win-streak.

The Aggies got a great jump to the game on a slam from Johnny McCants, who made his first-career start. An 8-2 run after the first media timeout then put the Aggies on top 15-6 with 9:50 left in the first-half.

Both teams hit a scoring lull before UMKC closed within 19-15 of the Aggies. However, after that media timeout with 3:29 left to play, New Mexico State closed out the first half with a 13-5 run to take a 32-20 lead against the ‘Roos.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Blitzes Utah Valley 86-59

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A barrage of 3-pointers from New Mexico State saw it cruise past Utah Valley Saturday afternoon in the Pan American Center 86-59 and took sole possession of first-place in the Western Athletic Conference as it handed the Wolverines their first loss of league play.

The 15 triples from New Mexico State is a season-high for the Aggies. The last time NM State hit 15-plus from beyond the arc was on Dec. 28, 2008, against Loyola Marymount. With the win, the Aggies have now won six-straight games, including a 10-straight in WAC play spanning into last season.

Jemerrio Jones and Johnathon Wilkins got things going early for the Aggies and gave them an 18-9 lead at the first media break (12:39). Utah Valley (15-6, 4-1 WAC) cut the lead several times to single-digits in the first-half, but the Aggies found an answer each time to bring it back into double-digit range.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Seattle 75-62 In WAC Home Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A balanced offense coupled with another staunch night on defense powered New Mexico State past Seattle U 75-62 Thursday night at the Pan American Center to stay undefeated in Western Athletic Conference play.

“Obviously the game couldn’t start any better for us, we jumped on them early 12-2 and 17-4,” Aggie head coach Chris Jans said. “Unfortunately, in my experience it usually doesn’t continue that way, the other team usually fights harder to come back. The team usually leading relaxes a little bit and that’s human nature and they did that. The second half was kind of a start and stop half and we got through it and got the win.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Closes Out Road Trip With 66-53 Win Over Bakersfield

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - Another second-half surge on defense propelled the New Mexico State men’s basketball team past a physical CSU Bakersfield team 66-53 Saturday night in the Icardo Center.

The win wrapped up an eight-game road trip for the Aggies (15-3, 3-0 WAC) that’ll span for 37 days between home games when it takes Lou Henson Court on Thursday, Jan. 18, against Seattle U. During that long stretch away from home, the Aggies went 7-1 with wins over Illinois, Davidson and then-No. 6/7 Miami.

Only two other teams had more days between home games were Penn and Harvard – who went 6-2 and 2-6, respectively – with 39 days between home contests. The win also pushed NM State’s win-streak in true road games to six – which is good for the fifth-longest in the nation behind Wichita State (11), Middle Tennessee (11), Saint Mary’s (10) and Kansas (10).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Uses Late Surge To Down Grand Canyon

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team pulled away late in the game with a 70-59 victory on the road over Grand Canyon thanks to its lock-down defense that held the Lopes to just 22 points in the second-half Thursday evening in GCU Arena.

“Our guys have developed a road toughness about them which is exciting to watch,” Aggie head coach Chris Jans said. “They were learning to understand that when you defend and rebound, you always give yourself a chance regardless of the environment.”

NM State is now 8-2 against GCU all-time after the win and 3-2 on the road. The win was also its first win at GCU Arena since 2015, 72-55.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Blow Out Chicago State 97-60 In WAC Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO, IL - Led by Jemerrio Jones’ 10th double-double of the season, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team strolled past Chicago State 97-60 Saturday afternoon at the Jones Convocation Center.

Despite a good start to the game, a couple 3-pointers surrendered by the Aggies (13-3, 1-0 WAC) saw it trail the Cougars 12-10 at the first media break (13:13).

Jones teamed up with Eli Chuha for a nice high-low action in the paint and tied things up at 18-18 before five-straight points from Chicago State’s leading scorer, Fred Sims Jr., gave them a 23-20 advantage with 7:19 left in the first half.

Jones once again made another great pass, this time an alley-oop to Johnny McCants to cut the Cougar (2-17, 0-1 WAC) lead to 23-22 before going coast-to-coast himself for the 24-23 lead – which forced Chicago State to call a timeout.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Falls To USC 77-72 In Diamond Head Classic Title Game

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

HONOLULU, HI - Just like a battle between two heavy weights, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team and USC went toe-to-toe Monday evening at the Stan Sheriff Center in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic championship game with the Aggies falling in the final seconds of play to the Trojans 77-72.

After Zach Lofton drilled his sixth 3-pointer of the game, New Mexico State held on to its two-possession lead for the most of latter portion of the second-half.

Fast-forward to 2:05 remaining in the game when Eli Chuha pulled down an AJ Harris missed shot for the put-back to give NM State the 72-68 lead. A put-back and by USC’s Jordan McLaughlin and lay-in from Jonah Mathews on the next two possessions tied things up at 72-72 with 1:04 left to play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Upsets No. 6/7 Miami, Advances To Diamond Head Classic Championship Game

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

HONOLULU, HI - The “cardiac kids” was what New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach said his team was becoming last night in the postgame interviews. That squad delivered once again Saturday night in the semifinal game of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic with the 63-54 upset of No. 6/7 Miami at the Stan Sheriff Center, handing the Hurricanes their first loss of the year.

The win gave NM State its first victory over a top-10 team since the heroic Keith Hill jumper that gave the Aggies the 83-82 win at home over seventh-ranked UNLV led by the great Jerry Tarkanian. That Aggie team on Jan. 8, 1990, was coach by Neil McCarthy.

It was also NM State’s first win against an Atlantic Coast Conference team since Lou Henson’s 1997-98 team took down Virginia in the 34th Rainbow Classic in Honolulu on Dec. 30, 1997.  Continue Reading This Post >>