Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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 >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Notches 20th Win Of The Season In 70-57 Victory Over Seattle

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies used a strong second half to grab the program's 29th 20-win season with a come-from-behind 70-57 win over Seattle U. Saturday night at the Pan American Center.

It's the fifth straight 20-win season for the Aggies, and the seventh in the nine seasons under coach Marvin Menzies.

The Aggies (20-9, 11-1) clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament with the win, while the Redhawks (12-14, 6-6) lost their third straight contest. NM State also picked up their 35th consecutive WAC home win, extending the nation's second-longest conference home court win streak.

"I was really pleased we were able to come out with a victory after playing so bad the first half," said Menzies. "Our defense force turnovers in the second half which led to our offense."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Defeats Bakersfield 63-55

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies used a 15-2 run coming down the stretch to put away CSU Bakersfield on the way to a 63-55 win Thursday night at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies (19-9, 10-1) won their 34th consecutive WAC home game, extending the nation's second-longest conference home court winning streak. The 'Runners (19-8, 12-3) saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.

"It was an interesting game," said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. "I don't think either team was very effective offensively. Luckily they were less effective than we were, and that was a direct result of our defense."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Wins Ninth Straight With 69-55 Victory Over Chicago State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO, IL - The New Mexico State Aggies rode the scoring of Pascal Siakam to their ninth straight win, as the Aggies downed Chicago State 69-55 Saturday afternoon at the Jones Convocation Center.

Siakam led all scorers with 24 points and got his 1,000th point on a jumper with 9:28 to play. He led all rebounders with eight boards and collected five blocked shots.

The Aggies (18-8, 9-1) retained their one-game lead in the Western Athletic Conference with the win, while the Cougars (4-23, 0-10) remained winless in the WAC.

Junior Ian Baker added 16 points with five rebounds and three blocks, while Johnathon Wilkins scored 10 points. Matt Taylor dished out seven assists for the Aggies.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Routs Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Sophomore Pascal Siakam scored 27 points with 11 rebounds in leading the New Mexico State Aggies to a 98-74 Western Athletic Conference victory over Utah Valley Saturday night at the Pan American Center.

The 6-9 forward from Douala, Cameroon, one of the 10 players up for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award, collected his NCAA leading 21st double-double of the season.

The Aggies (16-8, 8-1) never trailed in the game as they extended their win streak to seven straight. The Wolverines (10-14, 4-5) lost for the third time in four games.

NM State opened the game with an 11-0 run, but never let the lead dip under double-digits again after the first seven minutes. The Aggies held a 20-plus point lead for the last 26 minutes of the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Routs GCU 70-50 In Battle For First Place

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies got great shooting in the second half and a smothering defense throughout the game to move all alone into the lead of the Western Athletic Conference by with a 70-50 win over Grand Canyon.

The Aggies (15-8, 7-1) are on a six-game winning streak. GCU (19-4, 6-2) has lost back-to-back games for the first time this season

“I’m very pleased with the outcome, pleased with the effort,” said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. “We played big boy basketball tonight. We executed at a high level offensively and played solidly on both sides of the ball.”

The Aggies shot 54 percent from the floor, including 68.4 percent in the second half. NM State held GCU to 29.8 percent from the floor. The Aggies dominated the boards 44-26.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Blows Out UT Rio Grande Valley 92-68

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies never trailed as they closed the first half of Western Athletic Conference play by crushing the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 92-68 Saturday night at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies (14-8, 6-1), who have now won five straight, moved into a first place tie with Grand Canyon who lost at home to Seattle U 59-57. UTRGV (6-16, 2-5) dropped its third straight.

NM State got an NCAA leading 19th double-double from sophomore Pascal Siakam, who led the Aggies with 24 points and 16 rebounds to go with three blocks, three steals and two assists.

The Aggies got career-high scoring nights from Jalyn Pennie and Matt Taylor. Pennie scored 20 points with three assists, while Taylor netted 12 with four assists. Junior Ian Baker scored 11 points with six rebounds, five assists and three steals.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Baker's Buzzer Beater Gives Aggies 68-67 Win At Bakersfield In 2OT

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - New Mexico State junior Ian Baker drilled a 28-foot 3-pointer as time expired in the second overtime to lead the Aggies to a 68-67 win over CSU Bakersfield Saturday night at the Icardo Center.

The Aggies (13-8, 5-1) won their fourth straight and moved into a second-place tie in the Western Athletic Conference with the 'Runners (14-6, 4-1) who had their six-game winning streak snapped.

"That was a great shot by Ian," said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. "but it was great defense down the stretch that got us there. Our guys were not going to be denied this game. I can't say enough about the maturity they showed under adversity."

The Aggies held the lead only twice in the contest, once with 2:47 to play in the second overtime on a Pascal Siakam layup and at the buzzer on Baker's triple.

The Aggies battled back from a poor first half to get into a position for Baker's heroics.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Edges Seattle 68-60

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - New Mexico State sophomore Pascal Siakam notched his 10th straight double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds as he led the Aggies to a 68-60 win over Seattle U Thursday night at KeyArena.

The Aggies (12-8, 4-1) picked up their third straight win over Seattle U, while the Redhawks (7-11, 1-3) lost for the fourth time in the last five games.

“This was a grind and one of those games where you’re just thankful to get away with a W,” said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies.

The Redhawks held a two-point lead with a minute left in the first half when Aggie sophomore Jalyn Pennie buried a 3-pointer with 47 seconds left to take a 23-22 lead. Then after a defensive stop, Pennie buried a baseline triple that went through at the halftime buzzer for a 26-22 advantage at intermission.

The Aggies never trailed again.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Handles Chicago State 80-62

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies got double-digit scoring from four players and a season-high 10 blocked shots on the way to an 80-62 victory over Chicago State Saturday night at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies (11-8, 3-1) won their 30th consecutive Western Athletic Conference home game, while the Cougars (4-16, 0-4) suffered their 16th straight road loss.

"I was happy about the overall effort," said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. "(CSU) is the type of team that never gives up and keeps coming at you, and it was good to get a convincing win over them."

The Aggies were led by the strong play of sophomore Pascal Siakam. The 6-9 forward from Douala, Cameroon, posted his NCAA leading 17th double-double with his 21 points and 13 rebounds. It was his 24th career double-double.  Continue Reading This Post >>