Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

NMSU Men's Basketball Cruises Past Chicago State 86-51

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State men’s basketball engine that head coach Paul Weir has built continues to churn through Western Athletic Conference play as the Aggies throttled Chicago State 86-51 in the Pan American Center on alumni night sponsored by GEICO.

New Mexico State continues to own the second-longest active win-streak in the country with its 20th-straight win, trailing just Gonzaga (24). Its 39-straight wins at home during WAC play after Saturday night is also second in the country behind Stephen F. Austin (43).

With Iowa State upsetting No. 3 Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse today coupled with the win over Chicago, New Mexico State (23) now owns the nation’s third-longest home-winning streak at 23 behind Oregon (40) and Akron (28).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Extends Win Streak To 18, Survives Road Test At Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - Timely buckets from Ian Baker and Eli Chuha down the stretch late in the game lifted the New Mexico State men’s basketball team past Utah Valley, 74-69, Saturday night at the UCCU Center.

The win coupled with Oregon’s loss at Colorado, NM State now owns the nation’s second-longest active win-streak at 18.

The Aggies trailed early on to the Wolverines as UVU hit four of its first six attempts from 3-point range to take a 9-4 lead. New Mexico State then started to click offensively and took a 14-13 lead before Utah Valley responded with a 5-0 run.

It wasn’t until the ninth lead-change of the half before Utah Valley would fire off an 11-2 run the last 3:35 minutes to send the Aggies into the locker room trailing 38-31.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Pull Away Late At Seattle For 71-56 Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Despite a tough shooting night, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team found a way to click offensively in the second-half and grinded out a 71-56 win over Seattle U in Key Arena for its 17th-consecutive victory.

The 17 wins remain tied with Oregon for the nation’s second-longest active win-streak and trails just Gonzaga (21).

“Seattle does a really good job in their zone and they really make you think that there’s some things there and then they’re not there,” Aggie head coach Paul Weir said.

Both teams struggled offensively to start there game, going 1-for-6 from the floor at the 15:29 media timeout with NM State (19-2, 6-0 WAC) leading the home team 5-2.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats UMKC 94-71

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team steamrolled UMKC 94-71 Saturday night for its 16th-consecutive win and tied for the third-longest active NCAA win-streak. NM State also won its 22nd-straight win at the Pan American Center in front 9,893 fans for its Pack the Pan Am promotion.

“It was awesome, obviously, for our players and for our program to get that many people,” Aggie head coach Paul Weir said. “There wasn’t a lot of sit of the edge of your seat moments. But, to have that volume of people here is terrific. Hopefully the people that came for the first time or haven’t seen us play enjoyed what they saw and will hopefully come back again. Hopefully it’s a sign for greater growth in the future.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Uses Late Rally To Down CSU Bakersfield 63-58

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Down 50-44 with 6:36 left to play, the New Mexico State men's basketball team went on a 19-8 run to close out the game and dealt CSU Bakersfield, the defending Western Athletic Conference champions, its first loss in league play Saturday night in the Pan American Center with a 63-58 victory.

The win, fueled by a rambunctious Aggie (17-2, 4-0 WAC) crowd, pushed the NM State win-streak now to 15 games and only trails Gonzaga (17) and Kansas (16). It was also NM State's 21st-consecutive victory in the Pan Am Center and its 37th-straight win at home in conference action.

Both teams struggled from the floor early on as the Aggies and 'Runners exchanged leads six times, including one on a thunderous jam from Matt Taylor that gave NM State a 13-12 lead before CSUB went on an 8-1 run to take the 24-17 lead with 2:48 left to play in the first half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeat GCU 81-69, Notches Program's 600th Win In Pan American Center

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With six players in double-figures led by Jemerrio Jones, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team strolled past Grand Canyon, 81-69, Thursday night in front of a raucous crowd for the Pan American Center’s 600th victory.

The win now ties this year’s squad with the 1993-94 (16-1) team for the best start to a season. It was also NM State’s 14th-consecutive win this season and now chases the 1968-69 team that won 16-straight.

Both teams were evenly matched early on with both squads tied at nine heading into the first media timeout. However, a 15-4 run by the Aggies that included a 10-0 spurt that force GCU (10-7, 1-1 WAC) head coach Dan Majerle to call a timeout with New Mexico State leading 24-13.

The Aggies then tacked on another 18 points to take a 38-25 lead into the locker room behind 27 points from the NM State starters.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Cruises To 78-62 Win At Chicago State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO, IL - Junior guard Braxton Huggins continued his stellar play Saturday afternoon, dropping 27 points on 5-of-10 shooting from deep as New Mexico State cruised past Chicago State 78-62 in the Jones Convocation Center.

The Aggies (15-2, 2-0) brought their win-streak to 13-consecutive games, tying the 2013-14 squad’s end of year run that was halted in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament.

Travel and two days between games didn’t seem to faze Huggins in the opening half as the junior launched a 16-point offensive barrage on Chicago State behind 6-of-8 shooting – three of which came from downtown. The trio of Huggins, Eli Chuha and Ian Baker went on scoring sprees to keep NM State on top 41-32 at the break.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Opens WAC Play With 77-64 Victory Over UMKC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team extended its win-streak to 12 Thursday night as it overpowered UMKC 77-64 at Municipal Auditorium in a nationally televised game to open Western Athletic Conference play.

A career-high 31 point performance from Braxton Huggins coupled with a team-high six double-doubles from Eli Chuha along with a career-high 10 assists from Ian Baker fueled the Aggies in the win.

Thursday night’s win was yet another dominant performance for the Aggies (14-2, 1-0 WAC) as they led for almost the entire game besides the eight seconds that UMKC led after scoring the opening basket.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats UTEP 79-70, Sweeps Season Series

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team extended its win-streak to 11 and claimed the Battle of I-10 over visiting UTEP, 79-70, for its first sweep of the Miners in back-to-back seasons since the 1998-00 seasons.

NM State (13-2) moved its home win-streak to 19 with the victory, tying the win-streak set from 2005-07 under Reggie Theus’ watch. The win Friday was just the fifth time the Aggies have swept UTEP in back-to-back seasons in the last 50 years.

“When you play UTEP, you have to prepare for a lot of different defenses,” Aggie coach Paul Weir said. “Not necessarily knowing which one you are going to see. It just took a little bit of time to get into a rhythm against the one we did.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Survives Battle With UC Irvine In Overtime, 85-79

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With the game tied at 74 and 2:54 left to play in overtime, Braxton Huggins and Jemerrio Jones teamed up for 12 points as the Aggies survived a pesky UC Irvine team 85-79 Monday night in the Pan American Center.

“I showed them some stats after the game, and the three stats we really key in on during a game are rebounds, fouls and turnovers," head coach Paul Weir said. "I put the 3-point shots at the top of the board, the foul count, the rebound count and the turnover count. We won all of those and that’s why we won the game. If the turnovers were flipped, the rebounds were flipped or the fouls were flipped, we would have lost tonight.”  Continue Reading This Post >>