Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

NMSU Men's Basketball Advances To WAC Tournament Semifinals With 67-53 Win Over Chicago State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team overcame a tough opening half from the floor and waltzed away with a 67-53 win over Chicago State in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinals in Orleans Arena.

With the win, NM State is now 13-2 all-time in Las Vegas with its only losses coming in 2011 against Boise State (semifinals) and then in 2016 against CSU Bakersfield (championship).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Wins Big Over UTRGV On Senior Day

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - On a night where emotions could’ve got the best of them, Ian Baker and Matt Taylor both had terrific performances in their final game on Lou Henson Court in front of the Aggie faithful Saturday night.

Baker posted 21 points with seven assists while Taylor, a redshirt junior who is expected to graduate this spring, put up 11 points with eight rebounds on 5-of-8 shooting to help New Mexico State send UT Rio Grande Valley packing, 107-81.

The first half of the game saw a lot of back-and-forth action with four lead changes and six ties. However, all that stopped when New Mexico State broke away for good thanks to a 9-0 run that was capped off by a jam from Matt Taylor.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>