Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

NM State vs. Pacific Game Photos

NM State vs. Pacific Game Photos

Aggies Hold Off Pacific 69-64; Earn Third Consecutive Victory

Lou HensonThe New Mexico State men's basketball team picked up its third consecutive victory defeating Pacific 69-64 on Saturday night in the Lou Henson Classic. With legendary head coach Lou Henson on the bench with the Aggies, the young team playing without five of the players who led them to victory over Pacific in last season's Bracketbusters matchup, earned their first come-from-behind victory this season overcoming a five-point halftime deficit.

Senior guard Gordo Castillo played 28 minutes and led all scorers with 17 points including three three pointers and a 6-of-7 performance from the free throw line including two free throws with five seconds left to seal the victory.

The Aggies trailed 31-26 at halftime thanks to three free throws from Gordo Castillo right before the break as he was fouled while shooting a three pointer. The Aggies led early 7-4 but an 8-0 run by the Tigers would send the Aggies to a five-point deficit with 14:17 left to play. The Tigers would extend their lead to seven points after a three pointer from Jose Rivera, one of five three pointers in the first half by Pacific. The Tigers would lead late in the half by eight points but Castillo would be fouled shooting a three pointer and hit all three free throws to bring the Aggies to within five at the break.  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: NM State vs. Pacific Highlights

NM State vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State Game Photos

NM State vs Oklahoma Panhandle State Game Photos

NM State Cruises Past Oklahoma Panhandle State 78-46

Tshilidzi NephaweThe New Mexico State men's basketball team's night started with a technical foul and a sluggish start but the Aggies rolled to a 78-46 romp over Division II opponent Oklahoma Panhandle State on Thursday night. Playing without injured forward Troy Gillenwater and center Hamidu Rahman, the Aggies led Panhandle State by 18 at the break and cruised to the 32-point victory.

The Aggies shot 48.3 percent in the first half that saw them score 38 points. The Aggie defense held OPSU to just 24.6 percent shooting for the game from the floor and just 33.3 percent from the free throw stripe.

Bandja Sy led the Aggies in scoring with 12 points and senior guard Gordo Castillo returned from a one-game absence, sitting out against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday night after injuring his ankle in the Aggies' loss to New Mexico on Saturday. Castillo's playing time was limited to 16 minutes but he managed nine points while hitting 2-of-3 three pointers.

The Aggies led early 8-1 after a fast break layup by Tyrone Watson but would trail OPSU by one at 14-13 after a three pointer from Steve Miller with 9:15 left in the first half but would outscore Panhandle State 26-7 the rest of the half to take a 38-20 lead into the break.

Panhandle would trim the Aggies lead to 16 at 46-30 with 13:49 left in the game after another three by Steve Miller but the Aggies would go on a 12-1 run over the next 3:49 to take a commanding 27 point lead. The Aggies would continue to add to their lead over the final 10 minutes as a Christian Kabongo dunk with 55 seconds left would give the Aggies a 78-46 lead which prove to be the final margin.  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: NM State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff Highlights

AggieVision :: NM State vs. UNM Game Highlights

NM State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff Game Photos

NM State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff Game Photos

Aggies Snap 7-Game Skid With 83-49 Victory Over Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Christian KabongoAlso See: Tim Barnett-Queen's Game Photo Album

The Aggie men's basketball team played without Troy Gillenwater and Gordo Castillo and lost center Hamidu Rahman midway through the first half but still cruised to an 83-49 victory over visiting Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday night in the Pan American Center snapping their seven game losing streak.

The Aggies had four players finish in double figures as they got 19 points from Christian Kabongo, 16 points from Hernst Laroche, a career-high 15 from Bandja Sy and 12 from Tyrone Watson. Hamdidu Rahman scored eight points in eight minutes before re-injuring his calf.

The Aggies led the Golden Lions 12-6 at the 13:23 mark of the first half as the Aggie offense got off to a sluggish start. The Aggies scored eight of their first 12 points from the free throw stripe but the offense started to click as the Aggies pushed their lead to 13 points with 6:25 left to play. The Aggies would go on a 10-3 run to take a 20 point lead with 1:25 left in the half and took a 36-19 lead into the break.

The Aggies would push their lead out to 20 points with 15:33 left in the game and maintained a 20-point cushion with 11:27 left to play in the game. The Aggies expanded their lead to 60-32 after a thunderous B.J. West slam dunk from the middle of the lane with just under nine minutes left. The Aggies would push their lead out to 32 points at 74-42 after a three pointer and a layup from Hernst Laroche with three and a half minutes left to play. The Aggies would finish off the game outscoring the Golden Lions 9-7 to make the final score 83-49.  Continue Reading This Post >>