Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Arizona State 81-70

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TEMPE, AZ - With two seconds remaining in the game, a raucous contingent of New Mexico State fans began chanting “AGGIES! AGGIES! AGGIES!” as NM State added another milestone to the list as it upended Arizona State 81-70 Saturday night in Wells Fargo Arena.

“Definitely a big win for our players and obviously our program as well,” Aggie coach Paul Weir said.

The win over ASU (6-5) was NM State’s first victory over a Power 5 team since its 64-61 victory over Northwestern in 2004-05 at the BP Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. The last true road win for the Aggies against a Power 5 opponent dated back to the 1994-95 season when Neil McCarthy’s team defeated USC in the Preseason NIT game, 97-84. It is also NM State’s first win over a Power 5 team in 14 attempts the last 10 years.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Rival UTEP 79-68

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - Backed by Ian Baker’s 20 points, Jemerrio Jones’ third-straight double-double and Eli Chuha’s 11 points, the NM State men’s basketball team pushed its winning-streak to seven with the 79-68 win Tuesday night in the Don Haskins Center.

The win was also NM State’s fourth-straight win over Battle of I-10 rival UTEP (2-6). Head coach Paul Weir also became the first coach since Ken Hayes (1975-76) to beat the Miners in his first try at the helm Tuesday night.

Tuesday’s victory over UTEP was the first time NM State has started a season 9-2 since the 1994-95 squad did it. On top of NM State hitting team milestones, Baker scored his 1,000th career point in the Crimson and White as well.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Snaps Eight Year Home Losing Streak To Lobos With 84-71 Victory

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Behind a season-high 26 points from Ian Baker and double-doubles from Eli Chuha and Jemerrio Jones, the NM State men’s basketball team defeated Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico 84-71 inside a raucous Pan American Center on Lou Henson night.

The win also gave NM State its first victory over UNM at home since Dec. 4, 2007, and snapped five-game skid against the Lobos.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Long Beach State 93-85

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Led by Braxton Huggins’ game-high 26 points and 4-of-5 starters reaching double-figures, NM State picked up its fifth-straight win Saturday night with a 93-85 victory over former Big West Conference rival Long Beach State inside the Pan American Center.

“I think offensively it was encouraging on a lot of levels,” head coach Paul Weir said. “I feel good about the trajectory of our offense. The way they guarded their ball screens, we wanted to attack and we did. We were able to get to the foul line in the second half where they went zone. It really opened some things up and we made some shots. I thought we were in a really good rhythm at that point and we were able to carry that in the rest of the game.”

The win Saturday night also extended the NM State home winning-streak to 15, dating back to last season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>