Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

NM State vs. Hawai'i Game Photos

NM State vs. Hawai'i Game Photos

Aggies Crush Hawai'i 88-64

The New Mexico State Aggie men's basketball team opened the game on an 8-0 run and never looked back as they blew past the depleted Hawai'i Warriors on Monday night. Jahmar Young, Jonathan Gibson and Troy Gillenwater each finished with 18 points and Wendell McKines recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Aggies shot lights out from the field in both halves and finished the game hitting 51.7 percent from the floor.

Hawai'i cut the Aggies' lead to one point at 10-9 with 14:14 left in the first half but that was as close as they would get as the Aggies quickly built the lead back out to eight points over the next two minutes as they led 19-11 with 12:01 left in the half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Louisiana Tech Game Photos

NM State vs. Louisiana Tech Game Photos

Last Second Jumper By Laroche Stuns La. Tech; Aggies Win 70-68

Hernst LarocheHernst Laroche hit a jumper with under two seconds remaining to lead the Aggies to a 70-68 victory over visiting Louisiana Tech on Monday night. The Aggies and Bulldogs entered the game tied at 7-2 in second place in the WAC just a half game behind Utah State and with the win the Aggies move into a tie for first place with Utah State.

The Bulldogs came out firing in the first half and quickly umped out to a 9-6 lead. The Aggies would cut the Bulldogs' lead to one point at 12-11 with 14:34 left in the half but the Bulldogs answered with a 14-0 run over the next six minutes to take a 15-point lead with 8:14 left in the half. The Bulldogs maintained the 15 point lead at the under eight minute media timeout. the Aggies would trim the lead to nine points at 33-24 with 3:05 left to play and over the final two miinutes of the half the Aggies would finish on a 9-0 run to send the game into halftime tied.

Coming out of the break the Aggies quickly built a seven point lead and led 40-33 with 17:07 left to play. However, the Bulldogs would answer with a 6-0 run to cut the lead down to one at 40-39 with 15:45 left to play.

The Aggies would once again build the lead up, this time responding with a 20-4 run giving them a 17-point lead at 60-43 with 9:33 left in the game. However, just as they did in the game in Las Cruces last season, the Bulldogs were bound and determined to make it an interesting finish. The Bulldogs quickly cut the Aggie lead down to four points with a 13-0 run over the ensuing three minutes as the Aggies led 60-56.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Win Shootout With San Jose State 94-82

Jahmar YoungThe Aggie men's basketball team improved to 7-2 in conference play after a 94-82 victory over visiting San Jose State on Saturday night. The Aggies and Spartans combined to hit 21 three point attempts as New Mexico State hit 10-of-20 three point attempts and San Jose State hit 11-of-23.

Jahmar Young led the Aggies scoring 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting including hitting four of his six three point attempts. The Spartans' Robert Owens scored 29 points and hit 7-of-12 three point attempts to lead San Jose State. Troy Gillenwater made his season debut after being cleared by the NCAA earlier in the week and responded with 19 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

The Spartans jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead and led 12-8 with 15:51 left in the first half. Wendell McKines finished a dunk off an assist by Hernst Laroche to tie the game at 12 with 15:26 left to play in the half. The Aggies would take the lead with 15:05 left to play in the first half as Jahmar Young hit a pair of free throws.

With the two teams tied at 14 apiece the Aggies would go on a 9-2 run to take a 23-16 lead. The Aggies would extend the lead to 10 points at 31-21 with 9:29 left in the half but the Spartans would go on an 11-3 run to cut the Aggies lead to just two points on a layup by Chris Oakes with 5:03 left in the half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Dominate Louisiana Tech 91-77

Hamidu RahmanThe Aggies picked up up an impressive victory on the road at Louisiana Tech 91-77 handing the Bulldogs their first home loss this season and in the process moved into a tie for first place in the league with Louisiana Tech and Utah State at the midway point of the conference season. The Aggies got 22 points and 12 rebounds from Hamidu Rahman and a huge lift off the bench as Gordo Castillo finished with 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting including knocking down 5-of-6 three pointers and Trrone Watson scored seven points in nine minutes of play for the Aggies. Jahmar Young scored 19 points for the Aggies on 8-of-16 shooting.

The Aggies raced out to a 12-3 lead 4:39 into the game but a 14-7 run by the Bulldogs over the next four minutes cut the Aggies' lead to just two points at 19-17. Wendell McKines answered the run with a jumper to put the Aggies up by four at 21-17. The two teams would trade baskets as the Aggies led by just two at 25-23 after a layup by La. Tech's Magnum Rolle. The Aggies would lead by three at 30-27 after a three pointer from the Bulldogs' Kyle Gibson but Hamidu Rahman's tip-in with 7:02 left to play in the first half would spark a 12-4 run to give the Aggies an 11 point lead at 42-31. The Bulldogs would cut the lead back down to five at 43-38 with 2:01 left in the half and the Aggies would take a 48-43 lead into halftime as La. Tech's Kyle Gibson hit a three pointer with two seconds left to play in the first half.

Coming out of the halftime break the Aggies' lead was cut to two at 48-46 as DeAndre Brown hit a three pointer but the Aggies would answer with a 9-0 run to give them a 57-46 lead with 17:20 left to play. The Aggies would extend their lead to 13 points after a layup by Hamidu Rahman gave the Aggies a 67-54 lead with 14:18 left to play. The Aggies pushed their lead out to 19 points at 75-56 on a jumper from Jahmar Young with 11:04 left to play. The Bulldogs would cut the Aggie lead down to 10 points at 87-77 with 1:48 left to play but a pair of free throws from Wendell McKines gave the Aggies an 89-77 lead with 1:20 left to play. After a missed three pointer by Louisiana Tech, Jahmar Young was fouled and hit one of two free throws to give the Aggies a 90-77 lead with 1:07 left to play. The Bulldogs would miss three more three point attempts in the next 30 seconds and Wendell McKines was fouled with 34 seconds left and hit one of two attempts to give the Aggies a 91-77 lead which would be the final.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Big Spartan Second Half Dooms Aggies In San Jose

Jahmar Young scored a career-high 34 points but it wasn't enough as the Aggies fell 93-84 at San Jose State on Saturday night. The Aggies and Spartans were deadlocked in a tight battle early on as the Aggies trailed 21-20 with 9:10 left in the first half when the Aggies went on a 19-0 run to take a 39-21 lead with 2:38 left in the half. However, the Spartans would finish the half on an 11-2 run to cut the deficit from 18 down to just nine at 41-32 at halftime.

Coming out in the second half the Aggies extended their halftime lead to 15 at 49-34 as they outscored the Spartans 7-2 in the first 1:08 of the second half. The Spartans cut the Aggie led down to 10 at 52-42 with 16:51 left to play and the Spartans would cut the lead to just four points at 56-52 with 13:37 left to play. The Spartans continued their run and took the lead for the first time since the 8:48 mark of the first half when Mac Peterson hit a three pointer to give the Spartans a 57-56 lead with 12:33 left to play.

The two teams would battle back and forth over the next four and a half minutes and the game was tied at 64 with 8:01 left to play. SJSU's Jerelle Wilson hit a layup to put the Spartans back up 66-64. The Spartans' Adrian Oliver hit a jumper with 7:04 left to play to give the Spartans a four point cushion at 68-64 but Jahmar Young would hit a jumper and was fouled with 6:53 left to play. He hit the free throw to cut the Spartans' lead to one at 68-67 but that was as close as the Aggies would get the rest of the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jahmar Young's Jumper With 0.9 Seconds Left Stuns Hawai'i 71-69

Jahmar YoungJahmar Young buried an 18-foot jumper with 0.9 seconds left to play as the Aggies erased a 12-point halftime deficit and stunned Hawai'i 71-69. The Warriors had just tied the game and 69 on a three pointer by Hiram Thompson with 15 seconds remaining. Head coach Marvin Menzies elected to not call a timeout and the move paid off. Young finished with 26 points on 11-of-23 shooting. Roderick Flemings scored 23 points for the Warriors.

The Aggies trailed 6-0 early in the game and were being outworked by the Warriors on the boards. Hawai'i outrebounded the Aggies 27-14 in the first half alone and had 10 offensive rebounds at the half which they had converted into 14 points. Behind their second chance-points the Warriors build a 40-28 lead at the break.

In the second half the Aggies came out with a different energy and after Hawai'i extended their lead to 42-29 51 seconds into the second half, the Aggies would go on a 15-0 run over the next four minutes to take a 45-42 lead.

The two teams battled back and forth over the bulk of the second half and with 2:12 left to play in the game the score was tied at 64. Jahmar Young split a pair of free throws to give the Aggies a 65-64 lead but Roderick Flemings answered with a bucket to give the Warriors the lead back at 66-65. On the next possession down the court the Aggies' Jonathan Gibson launched a three pointer with 1:28 left to play. The shot careened off the rim and headed toward the Aggie bench but Wendell McKines saved the ball giving the Aggies another chance. With 1:13 left to play Jahmar Young took a shot which also missed and careened off to the right and was headed out of bounds but a hustle play by Wendell McKines who grabbed the ball and threw it back over his head where it was briefly corralled by a Hawai'i player before the Aggies grabbed it. Jahmar Young put up another shot, this time it went in giving the Aggies a 67-66 lead with 1:05 left to play.

Hawai'i would miss a shot and the Aggies grabbed the rebound and Jonathan Gibson was fouled with 31 seconds remaining. Gibson knocked down both free throws to give the Aggies a three point lead at 69-66. Hiram Thompson buried a long three pointer with 15 seconds left to tie the game and it looked like the two teams might be headed to overtime. However, Jahmar Young had other ideas and with three seconds left on the clock he launched a shot from just inside the three point line on the right elbow and it went in with 0.9 seconds left on the clock leaving the Warriors stunned. Hawai'i inbounded the ball and threw up a prayer as the buzzer sounded and the Aggies escaped with a two point victory.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Fresno State Game Photos

NM State vs. Fresno State Game Photos

Big Second Half Powers Aggies Past Fresno State 86-77

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The Aggie men's basketball team erased a nine point halftime deficit outscoring Fresno State by 18 points in the second half en-route to a nine point victory over Fresno State on Saturday night. The Aggies improved to 11-7 overall and 4-1 in WAC play and took over sole possession of second place behind unbeaten Louisiana Tech (17-2, 5-0).

The Aggies took an early 3-0 lead when Jonathan Gibson hit a three pointer on the Aggies' first possession however Fresno State would counter with a Paul George three pointer to tie things up. The Aggies and Bulldogs traded the lead back and forth over the next three minutes as the Bulldogs held a 12-10 lead with 16:14 left in the first half.

The Bulldogs would go on a 9-4 run to extend their lead to seven points at 21-14 with 12:19 left in the first half. The Bulldogs would continue to lead the Aggies throughout the remainder of the half taking a 13-point lead at 36-23 with 3:41 left to play. The Aggies would cut the lead down to nine points at 43-34 after a jumper by Wendell McKines with a minute to go in the half.  Continue Reading This Post >>