Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Nicholls State 86-74 Behind Career Night From Jemerrio Jones

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Paced by a pair of 20-point performances from Jemerrio Jones and Braxton Huggins, the NM State men’s basketball team breezed to an 86-74 victory in the second half Tuesday night at the Pan American Center.

“The guys responded, which was really, really good to see. That was probably the first time that I have seen them respond to that yet, you know. We really just doubled down on what we already do and have to go out there and do it better…and that’s what we did. We got some key stop sand some key rebounds too.”

After an opening 3-pointer by Sidy N’Dir, the Colonel’s Johnathan Bell reeled off nine-straight points before Jalyn Pennie put an end to the run with a jumper to cut the Nicholls lead to 9-5. Pennie’s bucket led to an 8-0 run for the Aggies before things got knotted up at 15 with 13:09 left in the half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Bethune-Cookman 89-73

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Career night for Braxton Huggins and Sidy N’Dir on offense guided the New Mexico State men’s basketball team past Bethune-Cookman, 89-73, Sunday afternoon in its second game of the University of San Diego Classic.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Falls On The Road To Rival UNM 72-59

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A game-high 25 points from senior Ian Baker wasn’t enough Friday night as the NM State men’s basketball team dropped the first installment in the Battle of I-25 against New Mexico 72-59 at WisePies Arena.

Despite shooting 3-of-8 to New Mexico’s 5-of-6 heading into the first media timeout, a 3-pointer from Braxton Huggins followed by a lay-up from Tanveer Bhullar kept the Aggies within 10-8 of the Lobos.

After a 4-0 run by UNM (3-0) to take a 16-10 lead, Jalyn Pennie’s 3-pointer followed by a fantastic give-and-go between Sidy N’Dir and Baker brought the Aggies within 16-15 of New Mexico at the 7:41 media break.

Bhullar gave NM State (2-2) its first lead of the game, 17-16, at the 6:25 mark on the entry pass from Huggins. The lead, however, was short-lived as UNM’s Tim Williams knocked down both free throws to give the Lobos their first points in 4:50 minutes.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Samford 58-48

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Timely defense down the stretch coupled with Eli Chuha’s career-high 16 points and 13 rebounds Wednesday night powered the NM State men’s basketball team over Samford in the opening game of the University of San Diego Classic.

“We have a lot of games and a short amount of practice time so it’s essential that we improve every single game,” Aggie head coach Paul Weir said. “We can’t go into a game letting the little things go. We fought through at the end and I like the way we’re defending.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Falls At Colorado State 64-61

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

FT. COLLINS, CO - An extended scoring drought in the second half saw the NM State men’s basketball team drop a 64-61 decision to Colorado State Sunday afternoon at Moby Arena.

“I thought both teams played hard, I just thought they [Colorado State] played harder for longer stretches then we did,” head coach Paul Weir said. “I think in the second half we got into some lulls offensively and couldn’t score for a while. It then turned into a defensive game and they [CSU] happened to be the better defensive team down the stretch.”

Ian Baker led the Aggies (1-1) with 16 points while Eli Chuha tallied 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Jemerrio Jones had a solid night once again for NM State, scoring nine points on nine boards with two blocks and two steals.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Arizona Christian 100-52 In Season Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. = The NM State men’s basketball team played hard and never let up as it walked away with the 100-52 victory over Arizona State in front of a raucous crowd in the Pan American Center. The win also gave head coach Paul Weir his first victory as a Division I head coach.

“I’m really open to starting different guys and doing different things for defense or offense,” Weir said when asked about his starting line-up moving forward. “But I think collectively overall, we did what we wanted to do offensively tonight. We have a long way to go. But as a step one, it wasn’t bad.”

Like the women’s game, NM State gave up an opening bucket and answered back with 25-4 run that spanned 7:51 minutes until ACU’s Mishima Gray rattled in a 3-pointer at the 10:30 mark. During that stretch, Aggie fans saw a tenacious defense that turned the Firestorm over eight times.  Continue Reading This Post >>

New Mexico State End Season With 58-56 Loss At Saint Mary's In First Round Of NIT

After suffering a heartbreaking loss at the buzzer against Bakersfield in the WAC Tournament final, the Aggies fell against in devastating fashion at Saint Mary's in the first round of the 2016 NIT. Trailing by as many as 13 point in the second half, the Aggies held Saint Mary's without a field goal over the final 4:24 while outscoring the Gaels 10-0 to forge a 56-56 tie with just two seconds remaining after a Tanveer Bhullar layup.

On the ensuing inbounds, Braxton Huggins was called for a foul putting Saint Mary's guard Joe Rohan on the free throw line for a one-and-one. Rohan would hit both and Ian Baker's three-quarter court heave as time expired hit the backboard.

Trailing by four points, the Aggies forced five Saint Mary's turnovers in the final 2:12 and eventually tied the game on Bhullar's layup. The Aggies also saw several shows rim in and out including an Ian Baker lay-in with 33 seconds left that would have also tied the game.

Pascal Siakam recorded his 27th double-double of the season finishing with 19 points and 14 rebounds while Evansville's Egidijus Mockevicius for the most double-doubles in NCAA Division I this season.

The Aggies finish the season with a 23-11 record.

Bakersfield Stunds Aggies At The Buzzer 57-54 in WAC Tournament Final

Photos of the men's championship game between No. 1 NM State and No. 2 CSU Bakersfield. (Photos by Mark Nessia)

Posted by Western Athletic Conference on Saturday, March 12, 2016

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - In a case of déjà vu but with a mirror image, CSU Bakersfield’s Dedrick Basile buried a 26-foot 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds to play to break the New Mexico State Aggies hold on the WAC Tournament Championship with a 57-54 win at the Orleans Arena Saturday night.

The Aggies (23-10) fell in the tournament championship game for the first time since winning four straight titles starting in 2012. For CSU Bakersfield (24-8) it was their first WAC Tournament win and the ’Runners first victory over NM State in 12 tries.

“That was a heart-wrenching three,” said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. “But (CSUB) earned the win. They played really good basketball when they needed to in spurts. They needed big shots and got them every time.”

The Aggies played from behind all night, but turned it on late and got the game tied for the first time since 10-all when Tanveer Bhullar hit one of two free throws with 13 seconds to play to knot the game at 54-all. Then came Basile’s dagger.

“I’m very proud of my guys,” said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. “When baskets just weren’t dropping – point blank baskets that we normally make just weren’t dropping – it kept us from getting our offense going. We’d been playing some pretty good offense against pressure, but it wasn’t meant to be tonight.”

The Aggies were led by the 7-3 sophomore Bhullar, who came off the bench with his second career double-double of 13 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Sophomore Braxton Huggins also came off the bench with 11 points with seven rebounds to match sophomore Pascal Siakam. Junior Ian Baker scored 10 points as well for the Aggies. Siakam and Baker were selected to the All-WAC Tournament team

Basile led CSUB with 18 points, while Damiyne Durham collected 15 points with nine rebounds. Jaylin Arrington scored 12 points for the ‘’Runners. The trio were named to the WAC All-Tournament team, with Basile as the most valuable player.

The loss ended the Aggies dreams of winning a fifth-straight tournament title and the NCAA Tournament bid that goes with it.

Instead the Aggies will be awarded the automatic bid to the NIT for winning the regular season WAC Championship.

“We still have our goals in front of us of winning some postseason games with the automatic bid to the NIT. It’s hard to think of that now, but we will refocus. We’ll move forward, we’ve got some character kids and we’ll bounce back,” said Menzies.

The NIT bracket selection will be announced on Sunday night at 6:30 Mountain time. The selection show will air on ESPNU.

Aggie Men's Basketball Rolls To 78-64 Win Over UMKC, Advances To WAC Title Game

Photos of the men's semifinal game between No. 1 NM State and No. 5 Missouri-Kansas City. (Photos by Mark Nessia)

Posted by Western Athletic Conference on Friday, March 11, 2016

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State Aggies used a powerful 1-2 combination of junior Ian Baker and sophomore Pascal Siakam to go with a strong defensive performance to roll past Missouri-Kansas City 78-64 in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament at the Orleans Arena.

The Aggies (23-9), the back-to-back WAC Champion and winners of four straight WAC Tournaments, advance to the championship game. UMKC ends the season at 12-18.

Baker led the Aggies with 20 points, while Siakam scored 18 points with 11 rebounds to chalk up his 26th double-double of the season.

“It was a great effort by the guys,” said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. “I thought we came out with the effort necessary to throw the first punch, so to speak. It was our execution on defense and our aggressiveness on missed shots that made the difference.”

“We scored from a lot of different ways, from the free throw line and from the perimeter. It makes for a good recipe.”

The Aggies jumped out to an early six point lead only to have the ’Roos battle back.

UMKC got its only lead of the game on a pair of Martez Harrison free throws with 9:36 left in the first to go up 21-20. In retrospect, that just made the Aggies mad.

NM State got a Siakam jumper 26 seconds later, his only points of the first half, to start a 22-5 run that ran to intermission. NM State went to the locker room up 16 at 42-26 and never looked back.

The Aggies built up a 23-point lead with 8:56 to play before the ’Roos made a small run cut it back to 14-point decision.

For Baker, the 20-point game was his fifth of the season but the first since scoring 21 at Baylor in December. Siakam got 16 of his 18 points in the second half.

Joining the pair were sophomores Jalyn Pennie and Braxton Huggins who each hit 3-of-4 from the 3-point arc. Pennie finished with 13 points, while Huggins tallied 11.

Sophomore Tanveer Bhullar scored only five points, but grabbed nine rebounds.

UMKC got 23 points from LaVell Boyd, while Martez Harrison and Kyle Steward both scored 15 points five rebounds.

The Aggies shot 44.2 percent from the floor and held UMKC to just 41.2 percent shooting. NM State outrebounded the ’Roos 40-28 and suffered only nine turnovers.

NM State plays for its fifth consecutive tournament title on Saturday against No. 2 seed CSU Bakersfield who beat Seattle U 72-47 in the second semifinal.

Aggie Men's Basketball Edges UMKC 62-61, Wins WAC Regular Season Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - The New Mexico State Aggies locked up a share of the 2016 regular season Western Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday with a come-from-behind 62-61 win over Missouri-Kansas City at Municipal Auditorium.

The Aggies (21-9, 12-1) claimed its third WAC regular season title in 11 seasons. UMKC (10-18, 3-10) lost its third straight game and the second to NM State by one point this season.

It wasn’t an easy one for the Aggies.

After calling timeout trailing 40-31 with 15:59 to play, the Aggies answered with a 22-8 run over 10-and-a half minutes to an Aggie lead.

“The guys executed perfectly out of the timeout,” said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. “We get a quick duck-in from Tanveer (Bhullar) and Pascal (Siakam) gets fouled and they got their heads back into it. We handled the pressure a little better in the second half and we got comfortable in our offense.”  Continue Reading This Post >>