Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

NMSU Men's Basketball Bounces Back With 86-53 Win Over Seattle

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - On a night where two former New Mexico State men’s basketball players were recognized for their induction into the US Bank/NM State Hall of Fame, the Aggies put a complete display of athleticism on both sides of the ball as they torched Seattle U 86-53 in the Pan American Center Saturday night.

NM State (24-5, 10-3 WAC) played the way Aggie fans were accustomed to seeing them during the 20-game winning-stretch on Saturday. The offense only turned the ball over seven times, matching its lowest mark this season for the third time while forcing the Redhawks to commit 14 – nine of which came in the second half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Falls At Home To Utah Valley 84-72

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men's basketball team saw its 23-game home winning-streak snapped on Thursday night to Utah Valley, 84-72.

Despite the loss, the Aggies have secured the No. 2 seed in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament and will play the No. 7 seed on Thursday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m. (MT)/4:30 p.m. (PT) in Orleans Arena.

After both teams exchanged baskets to start the game, an 11-1 run for the visiting Wolverines (12-15, 4-8 WAC) forced Aggie head coach Paul Weir to call a timeout.

From there the Aggies (23-5, 9-3 WAC) went a 12-4 run of their own to take the 18-17 lead over UVU. The back-and-forth scoring between the two teams continued for the remainder of the half. The first 20 minutes of action saw nine lead changes and five instances where the game was tied – including the halftime score 43-43.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats UTRGV 107-101

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EDINURG, TX - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team made its return to the win column Saturday night as it outscored UT Rio Grande Valley 107-101 on the road. The Aggies shot 55-percent (33-for-60) from the floor while the Vaqueros had a .485 shooting clip (33-for-68).

The Aggies move to 23-4 on the year and 9-2 on the season in Western Athletic Conference play to keep them within striking distance of first-place CSUB. Ian Baker led all scorers with a career-high 36 points on 11-of-18 shooting to go with his seven assists and four assists.

Johnathon Wilkins got the Aggie offense going early on, hitting the his first three field-goal attempts and forced UTRGV (10-18, 2-9 WAC) to call a timeout after Braxton Huggins knocked down a triple to give NM State the 7-0 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Falls At Grand Canyon 83-71

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team hit a shooting-slump late in the game and fell to Grand Canyon on the road 83-71 in front of a packed GCU Arena.

Saturday’s loss drops NM State (22-4, 8-2 WAC) into second-place behind CSU Bakersfield (8-1) in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

Both teams went on quick runs to open the game as Ian Baker’s 3-pointer gave NM State its first lead, 9-8, heading into the first media timeout (15:37).

NM State faced a drought that lasted 4:25 before Matt Taylor was able to get a scoop layup to fall to make it 22-15 in favor of the home team.

After back-to-back baskets from Tanveer Bhullar, the Lopes pushed their lead to 31-20 before an 8-0 run ensued for the Aggies to cut the GCU (17-9, 6-3 WAC) lead down to 31-28 with 3:39 left in the first frame.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Falls At Bakersfield 72-53, 20-Game Win Streak Snapped

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team had a tough time finding the bottom of the basketball Thursday night as it dropped a 72-53 decision to CSU Bakersfield in a packed Icardo Center.

Thursday was the first time the Aggies had suffered a loss since Nov. 18, a 72-59 defeat to New Mexico in Albuquerque. The 20-game win-streak finishes as the second-longest in program history, trailing just the 1969-70 Final Four team that won 21-consecutive games.

The Aggies (22-3, 8-1 WAC) had some trouble shooting from the floor in the opening stanza of the game, going just 1-of-6 from the floor at the first media timeout (15:06). After a 6-0 run by the ‘Runners, New Mexico State answered with a 6-0 of its own to cut the CSUB lead to 11-10 at the 11:46 mark.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>