Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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 >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Arizona State 81-70

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TEMPE, AZ - With two seconds remaining in the game, a raucous contingent of New Mexico State fans began chanting “AGGIES! AGGIES! AGGIES!” as NM State added another milestone to the list as it upended Arizona State 81-70 Saturday night in Wells Fargo Arena.

“Definitely a big win for our players and obviously our program as well,” Aggie coach Paul Weir said.

The win over ASU (6-5) was NM State’s first victory over a Power 5 team since its 64-61 victory over Northwestern in 2004-05 at the BP Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. The last true road win for the Aggies against a Power 5 opponent dated back to the 1994-95 season when Neil McCarthy’s team defeated USC in the Preseason NIT game, 97-84. It is also NM State’s first win over a Power 5 team in 14 attempts the last 10 years.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Rival UTEP 79-68

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - Backed by Ian Baker’s 20 points, Jemerrio Jones’ third-straight double-double and Eli Chuha’s 11 points, the NM State men’s basketball team pushed its winning-streak to seven with the 79-68 win Tuesday night in the Don Haskins Center.

The win was also NM State’s fourth-straight win over Battle of I-10 rival UTEP (2-6). Head coach Paul Weir also became the first coach since Ken Hayes (1975-76) to beat the Miners in his first try at the helm Tuesday night.

Tuesday’s victory over UTEP was the first time NM State has started a season 9-2 since the 1994-95 squad did it. On top of NM State hitting team milestones, Baker scored his 1,000th career point in the Crimson and White as well.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Snaps Eight Year Home Losing Streak To Lobos With 84-71 Victory

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Behind a season-high 26 points from Ian Baker and double-doubles from Eli Chuha and Jemerrio Jones, the NM State men’s basketball team defeated Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico 84-71 inside a raucous Pan American Center on Lou Henson night.

The win also gave NM State its first victory over UNM at home since Dec. 4, 2007, and snapped five-game skid against the Lobos.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Long Beach State 93-85

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Led by Braxton Huggins’ game-high 26 points and 4-of-5 starters reaching double-figures, NM State picked up its fifth-straight win Saturday night with a 93-85 victory over former Big West Conference rival Long Beach State inside the Pan American Center.

“I think offensively it was encouraging on a lot of levels,” head coach Paul Weir said. “I feel good about the trajectory of our offense. The way they guarded their ball screens, we wanted to attack and we did. We were able to get to the foul line in the second half where they went zone. It really opened some things up and we made some shots. I thought we were in a really good rhythm at that point and we were able to carry that in the rest of the game.”

The win Saturday night also extended the NM State home winning-streak to 15, dating back to last season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Air Force 78-70

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Another solid shooting effort in the second-half, from Joe Garza and Eli Chuha extended the NM State men’s basketball home winning-streak to five on Wednesday with its 78-70 win over Air Force in the Pan American Center.

It was also NM State’s first victory over a Mountain West Conference opponent that isn’t New Mexico since Nov. 24, 2001, when the Aggies defeated San Diego State 94-76 at home.

“I thought we had a really good run there in the second half,” Aggie head coach Paul Weir said. “We were trying to turn it into our pace for a game, which was up and down. I think we did that for enough stretches over the course of the game and we were able to win. We went through some stretches where they were on a run and they were playing it how they wanted to, but I think we got it enough in our favor to make things happen for us.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats San Diego 56-51

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SAN DIEGO, CA - Hot shooting and 14 second-half points from Jemerrio Jones powered NM State past San Diego, 56-51, Saturday afternoon at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The win pushed NM State to 5-2 on the year and a perfect 4-0 in the San Diego Classic.

Down 42-40 with 6:52 left to play, NM State used a 9-2 run capped off by an and-1 from Jones gave the Aggies a 49-44 lead. From that point on, NM State never looked back as they finished the game with eight-straight points from the free-throw line.

The win on Saturday gave the Aggies and first-year head coach Paul Weir his first road victory of the season as well as NM State’s first non-rivalry, non-conference road win since Dec. 14, 2013, at Drake – 81-69.

“Second half just had an overall pace to the game that was the pace we wanted,” Weir said. “When we finally got the game at the pace we wanted, we were obviously more successful.”  Continue Reading This Post >>