Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

Aggie Men's Basketball Closes Regular Season With Win At Home

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies got a double-double from redshirt freshman Pascal Siakam, but had to fight off a pesky Chicago State squad to close the regular season with a 61-57 Western Athletic Conference victory Saturday night at the Pan American Center.

Siakam racked up his sixth double-double of the season posting 11 points with 10 rebounds to go with a career-high tying five blocked shots against the Cougars (8-23, 4-10 WAC).

The WAC Regular Season Champion Aggies (21-10, 13-1) won their 11th straight, establishing the program’s 10th longest winning streak. The Aggies also picked up their 10th straight home win and their 28th WAC home victory.

The Aggies never trailed in the game, but saw their 16-point lead with 15:23 remaining get whittled down to two with 1:48 to play by turnovers forced by a tenacious Cougar defense.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Basketball Pulls Away Late For 69-48 Victory At UTPA

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EDINBURG, TX - The New Mexico State Aggies had to spend four extra days in south Texas before playing Texas-Pan American, but Tshilidzi Nephawe made it payoff as the Aggies beat the Broncs 69-48 Wednesday night at UTPA Fieldhouse.

Nephawe racked up his fourth double-double of the season in leading the Aggies with 19 points and 14 rebounds to go with two blocked shots, two assists and a steal.

The Aggies (20-10, 12-1 WAC) collected their fourth straight 20-win season under head coach Marvin Menzies, as well as the sixth time in Menzies eighth season. It was the 26th time to win 20 games for the NM State program.

UT-Pan American (9-20, 3-10) lost its third straight and the seventh time in the last eight games.

“We played fantastic defense,” said Menzies. “We forced them into some bad shots. Offensively we stepped up, especially Chili (Nephawe).”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Claims WAC Regular Season Title Outright In 72-55 Victory Over GCU

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State Aggies are the Western Athletic Conference regular season champions after taking a 72-55 victory over Grand Canyon at GCU Arena Saturday night.

The Aggies (19-10, 11-1 WAC) won their ninth straight and wrapped up the regular season title with two games remaining, while the ‘Lopes (16-12, 7-4 WAC) had their four-win streak come to an end.

Playing in front of a raucous home crowd of 7,005, Grand Canyon got off to a quick start, building a 16-6 lead seven minutes into the contest.

Then the Aggies answered with a 24-4 run over the next 10 minutes and the ‘Lopes could never get back.

“I am so proud of this team,” said NM State coach Marvin Menzies. “They came to play and overcame a tough home court environment to get it done.”

The Aggies used a stifling defense for most of the game, building a 20-point lead with four minutes to go before down shifting for the win.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Clinches Top Seed In WAC Tourney With 51-38 Victory At Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT -The New Mexico State Aggies used a 13-2 run over the last five minutes of the first half to break through a stubborn Utah Valley defense and never trailed again as the Aggies grabbed a 51-38 Western Athletic Conference victory Thursday night.

The Aggies (18-10, 10-1 WAC) clinched the top seed in the WAC Tournament with the victory, while holding the Wolverines (9-16, 3-7 WAC) to 38 points. It was the third time this season and just the ninth time since 1950 that NM State has held an opponent to less than 40 points.

The Aggies played the contest without head coach Marvin Menzies, who fell ill early Thursday and remained at the team hotel. He is expected to be with the team for the rest of the trip and be on the bench at Grand Canyon on Saturday.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Defeats Bakersfield 74-58

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies put four players in double figures and overcame first half sluggishness to maintain their lead in the Western Athletic Conference with a 74-58 victory over CSU Bakersfield Saturday night at the Pan American Center

The Aggies (17-10, 9-1 WAC) used a late first half run and an early second half run to pull away from the Roadrunners (10-16, 5-5 WAC).

“We definitely played well enough to win, but we’ve got to play better basketball,” said NM State coach Marvin Menzies. “We settled down in the second half and we started to focus on our shifts and once we cleaned that up it was good for us.”

NM State was paced by redshirt freshman forward Pascal Siakam, who led all scorers and rebounders with 20 points and seven boards.

Seniors Daniel Mullings and Remi Barry each scored 14 points, as Mullings dished out five assists. Sophomore Ian Baker chipped in 11 points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Defeats Seattle 73-47

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field to lead New Mexico State past Seattle U 73-48 Thursday evening at a boisterous Pan American Center.

“We played some pretty good basketball tonight and I’m pleased,” NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said. “This was a payback game for us and the guys were amped for that.”

The opening minutes were evenly matched and Seattle U led 11-10 at the 13:19 mark. From there, however, over the ensuing five minutes the Aggies went on a 11-0 run and led 21-11 with eight minutes remaining in the first stanza.

The Aggies’ defense was stellar in the first half and kept the Redhawks off-balance. NM State scored 11 points off 10 forced turnovers.

“Defense played inspired tonight,” added Menzies. “The guys are starting to understand what they are supposed to do on defense and it’s showing.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Pulls Away From UMKC For 77-63 Road Victory

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - New Mexico State used a powerful inside game, attacking the basket and the glass to pull away from Missouri-Kansas City 77-63 Saturday night at Municipal Auditorium.

The Aggies (15-10, 7-1) opened up a two-game lead in the Western Athletic Conference race with the win. UMKC (10-15, 5-3) remained in second in the league.

NM State got a DK Eldridge layup with 11:02 to play that ignited a 10-2 run midway through the second half to break open a tight game and the Aggies never trailed again.

But it was what the Aggies did inside that gave NM State it’s fifth straight win and 10th victory in the last 11 games.

Senior center Tshilidzi Nephawe collected his third double-double of the season as he led all scorers and rebounders with 20 points and 12 boards. Nephawe nearly had as many boards as the Roos, with NM State outboarding UMKC 38-13.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Holds Off Chicago State 69-61 In Overtime

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO - The New Mexico State Aggies went on a 12-4 run in overtime to maintain their one-game lead in the Western Athletic Conference with a 69-61 victory at Chicago State.

The Aggies (14-10, 6-1) watched a 15-point second half lead evaporate, while Chicago State (5-19, 1-6) used a 12-5 run in the last 3:53 to send the game to an extra period on Clarke Rosenberg follow up of a missed shot with 5.6 seconds left in regulation.

The Cougars came up with their first lead in the game with the first score in overtime on a Sean Hill jumper.

But NM State senior Daniel Mullings answered with a 3-pointer from the left elbow to give the Aggies another brief lead.

CSU’s Anthony Glover got open for a jumper with 3:33 to go in the extra frame for a 61-60 Cougar lead, but it would be CSU’s last of the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men Hold Off Late UTPA Rally, Win 53-48

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Four players scored in double-figures as New Mexico State toppled Texas-Pan American 53-48 in Western Athletic Conference action at the Pan American Center Saturday evening.

“When you look at the stats it shows that we played a pretty good game. We held them to 48 points, outrebounded them by five and was 6-of-13 in shooting the three (3-pointer),” NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said. “We turned the ball over 16 times and left nine points out there on missed free throws. They (UTPA) came out with a lot of energy and played well in the second half. We have a couple things that we need to fix and we’ll be fine.”

The opening 12 minutes was evenly matched as both teams traded baskets. However at 8:07 is when the Aggies made their move.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men Crush Utah Valley, 69-44

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Tshilidzi Nephawe scored a team-high 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field to lead New Mexico State past Utah Valley 69-44 in Western Athletic Conference action Saturday evening at the Pan American Center.

“The lack of turnovers and our overall energy and defensive execution were key tonight,” NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said following the game. “Our overall rhythm and tempo (on offense) were keys for us. We continue to get better and we need to attack each conference game a game at a time.”

Nephawe, who recently returned from injury, is ready and excited to contribute in WAC play.

“My legs feel good and it’s great to contribute to this team,” Nephawe said. “We did a good job on the boards and our overall energy was great. This was a total team effort.”

It didn’t take long for the Aggies to institute their will on the Wolverines.  Continue Reading This Post >>