Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

NMSU Men's Basketball Opens Season With 92-46 Rout Of Western New Mexico

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team opened up its 2019-20 campaign inside the Pan American Center versus Western New Mexico on Tuesday night. After scoring the first 16 points of the game, the Aggies never looked back en route to a decisive 92-46 win over the Mustangs at home.

Following the lopsided season-opening victory head coach Chris Jans said, “Obviously they were outmanned and we anticipated that as coaches, but we kept telling the guys to play against the game and play to get better. We didn’t want them to get caught up in the score and that’s probably the brightest spot for me that they handled that in a mature way.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Reaches Eighth Straight WAC Tournament Final With 79-72 Win Over UTRGV

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - New Mexico State men's basketball earned a chance to play for its ninth Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship on Saturday, March 16, after grinding out a thrilling 79-72 semifinal win over UT Rio Grande Valley Friday night at Orleans Arena.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Caps Off Regular Season With 75-63 Win Over Cal Baptist

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team closed out the regular-season with a 75-63 win Saturday night against California Baptist inside the Pan American Center and sent Keyon Jones, JoJo Zamora and Eli Chuha on a high-note.

The 16-1 mark at home for NM State in 2018-19 after the win ties it for the second-most wins in program history at home, matching the mark set in 2016-17 (16-1), 2007-08 (16-4) and 1989-90 (16-0).

Unlike the first time these two teams s quared off, New Mexico State (27-4, 15-1 WAC) got off to a blazing-hot start thanks to C.J. Bobbitt who scored 14 of NM State’s 19 points at the 12:32 media break on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Routs UMKC 75-55, Clinches WAC Regular Season Title Outright

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY - When the clock struck zero at Swinney Recreation Center Thursday night, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team laid claim to its second-consecutive Western Athletic Conference Regular-Season with the 75-55 win over Kansas City.

NM State (25-4, 13-1 WAC) has now won 14-consecutive games on the year and 13-straight in conference action with the win. It is also now the fifth regular-season title the Aggies have captured since joining the WAC for the 2006-06 season.

Kansas City (10-19, 5-9 WAC) started the game with a quick 5-0 run after winning the tip but that didn’t last as NM State answered with a 7-0 run of its own by the 15:43 media break. After an exchange of a couple baskets, the Aggies reeled off a 14-0 run capped off by a lay-in from Trevelin Queen which gave NM State the 23-11 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Downs Texas A&M International

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s basketball recorded its 12th-straight victory Tuesday night with an 80-42 victory over Texas A&M International in the Pan American Center.

“Obviously we got off to a great start, and then about the second media we were talking about ‘this is about us’, trying to execute, play better, compete better and compete smarter,” Aggie head coach Chris Jans said. “[We’re] kind of playing against the game at that point and try to use it to try and get better and work on us.”

New Mexico State (23-4, 11-1 WAC) got off to a quick 2-0 start after winning the tip and never looked back, jumping out to an 11-3 lead at the 15:41 media break. After their first bucket with 19:15 on the clock, the Dustdevils were held without a field-goal until the 11:34 mark when Danny Spinuzza hit his second three of the night to make it 25-6 in favor of the Aggies.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Rallies To Defeat Seattle 59-53

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team rallied back from a 13-point deficit Saturday night in front of 11,889 Aggie fans and defeated Seattle U 59-53 for its 11th-straight win.

The win mark head coach Chris Jans’ 50th at the helm since taking over the Aggie basketball program in April 17, 2017, making him the fastest head coach to 50 wins in program history. Saturday’s victory was also the program’s 15th-straight home conference victory.

With the house that Lou Henson built packed, NM State (22-4, 11-1 WAC) had a tough time finding the bottom of the net the first 12-plus minutes of action and shot just 14.3-percent (2-of-14) from the field at the 7:02 media break. To make matters worse, Seattle U (13-12, 1-9 WAC) converted on all six Aggie turnovers into 12 points for the 20-8 lead at that moment.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Downs Utah Valley 84-77 For 10th Straight Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - It was a lovely night at the Pan American Center Thursday night as the New Mexico State men’s basketball team picked up its 10th-straight victory with an 84-77 win over Utah Valley on Valentine’s Day.

Utah Valley struck first to open the game thanks to Benjamin Nakwaasah before Terrell Brown scored NM State’s first bucket 10 seconds later. The Aggies (21-4, 10-1) only had a small 6-5 lead at the first media break 4:24 into the game before JoJo Zamora began to light it up.

The Wolverines (16-8, 5-4 WAC) took an 11-6 lead after Wyatt Lowell hit back-to-back shots before Nakwaasah made it 16-13 in favor of the bad guys. Zamora tied things up heading into the 11:16 media break with a big pull-up triple on the fastbreak.

The redshirt-junior wasn’t done and drilled back-to-back 3-pointers after the break to give NM State the 27-22 lead with 7:34 left in the first-half  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Takes Down GCU 67-64

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team battled Grand Canyon in a much anticipated heavy-weight bout Saturday night at GCU Arena and came out victorious by score of 67-64 to secure a two-game lead in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

The win pushes NM State’s win total to 20-4 on the year and 9-1 in conference play and made it eight-straight seasons with 20-plus wins. The win was also NM State’s ninth-straight victory after opening league-play with a loss.

After a couple exchange of blows, New Mexico State got hot from the field and went on a 10-0 run that was capped off by a smooth 3-pointer from C.J. Bobbitt to put the Aggies on top 18-12 with 14:08 left in the first-half.  Continue Reading This Post >>