Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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.

Aggie Men's Basketball Rolls To 78-64 Win Over UMKC, Advances To WAC Title Game

Photos of the men's semifinal game between No. 1 NM State and No. 5 Missouri-Kansas City. (Photos by Mark Nessia)

Posted by Western Athletic Conference on Friday, March 11, 2016

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State Aggies used a powerful 1-2 combination of junior Ian Baker and sophomore Pascal Siakam to go with a strong defensive performance to roll past Missouri-Kansas City 78-64 in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament at the Orleans Arena.

The Aggies (23-9), the back-to-back WAC Champion and winners of four straight WAC Tournaments, advance to the championship game. UMKC ends the season at 12-18.

Baker led the Aggies with 20 points, while Siakam scored 18 points with 11 rebounds to chalk up his 26th double-double of the season.

“It was a great effort by the guys,” said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. “I thought we came out with the effort necessary to throw the first punch, so to speak. It was our execution on defense and our aggressiveness on missed shots that made the difference.”

“We scored from a lot of different ways, from the free throw line and from the perimeter. It makes for a good recipe.”

The Aggies jumped out to an early six point lead only to have the ’Roos battle back.

UMKC got its only lead of the game on a pair of Martez Harrison free throws with 9:36 left in the first to go up 21-20. In retrospect, that just made the Aggies mad.

NM State got a Siakam jumper 26 seconds later, his only points of the first half, to start a 22-5 run that ran to intermission. NM State went to the locker room up 16 at 42-26 and never looked back.

The Aggies built up a 23-point lead with 8:56 to play before the ’Roos made a small run cut it back to 14-point decision.

For Baker, the 20-point game was his fifth of the season but the first since scoring 21 at Baylor in December. Siakam got 16 of his 18 points in the second half.

Joining the pair were sophomores Jalyn Pennie and Braxton Huggins who each hit 3-of-4 from the 3-point arc. Pennie finished with 13 points, while Huggins tallied 11.

Sophomore Tanveer Bhullar scored only five points, but grabbed nine rebounds.

UMKC got 23 points from LaVell Boyd, while Martez Harrison and Kyle Steward both scored 15 points five rebounds.

The Aggies shot 44.2 percent from the floor and held UMKC to just 41.2 percent shooting. NM State outrebounded the ’Roos 40-28 and suffered only nine turnovers.

NM State plays for its fifth consecutive tournament title on Saturday against No. 2 seed CSU Bakersfield who beat Seattle U 72-47 in the second semifinal.

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 >>