Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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 >>

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.