Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

Aggie Men's Basketball Downs UTEP 72-59

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies jumped out to an early 10-point lead, then used a historical performance by super sophomore Pascal Siakam to take the first game of the I-10 Rivalry, beating UTEP 73-59 at the Pan American Center on Wednesday night.

The Aggies (5-2) scored the first 10 points of the game, extending it to a 15-2 run over the first five minutes to hand the Miners (6-1) their first loss of the season.

Siakam, who scored the first points of the game on a put-back layup, led all scorers with 24 points and a career-high 23 rebounds, his sixth double-double of the season. The 23 rebounds rank seventh in a single game in NM State history and are the most since Chris Jackson grabbed 23 at North Texas on Feb. 1, 2003.

It was also the most boards by a Western Athletic Conference player since Louisiana Tech's Paul Millsap pulled down 28 against San Jose State on Feb. 15, 2006.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Drops Overtime Game At Air Force, 66-64

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The New Mexico State Aggies dropped a heartbreaking 66-64 overtime decision to the Air Force Falcons Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena.

The Aggies (4-2) held a 64-63 lead with 26 seconds to play when a bad pass gave the ball back to the Falcons (4-2).

Air Force ran the clock down for guard Trevor Lyons driving layup with 8.3 seconds to play for a 65-64 advantage.

After a timeout, the Aggies moved the ball quickly up floor, but a charging foul on a drive by junior Ian Baker with two seconds left gave the ball back to Air Force.

Fouling to get possession back, the Aggies sent Lyons to the line. He hit one of the two free throws, but NM State didn't get a shot away after getting the ball back with 1.3 seconds to play.+  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Holds Off Robert Morris 81-71 In Overtime

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State had another career performance by sophomore Pascal Siakam, but needed overtime to overcome a strong performance by the Robert Morris Colonials 81-71 on Tuesday night at the Pan American Center.

Siakam, a 6-9 forward from Douala, Cameroon, racked up 35 points – 31 in regulation – in establishing a new career-high for the third time this season. The two-time WAC Player of the Week and Preseason WAC Player of the Year also grabbed 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season in leading the Aggies (4-1).

RMU (0-5) was paced by 29 points from sophomore Elijah Minnie. The Colonials sent the game into overtime on a 3-pointer by Isaiah Still with 10 seconds left to tie the game at 67-all, then had Minnie block a foul line jumper on the Aggies’ last shot of regulation.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Cruises Past Mississippi Valley State 85-46

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State never trailed and had two players collect double-doubles as the Aggies took out Mississippi Valley State 85-46 on Saturday night at the Pan American Center

The Aggies (3-1) and Delta Devils (0-3) played close through the first five minutes of the contest before NM State went on a 28-4 run in a nine minute stretch to open a 42-15 lead and never looked back.

NM State held as much as a 27-point lead during the first half and got it up to 40 in the second before settling for the 39-point 85-46 triumph.

“I’m very pleased at the way we played tonight,” said Aggies head coach Marvin Menzies. “It was a good test against a team whose style of play is similar to what we’ll see from different opponents going forward this year. I was happy to see them handle this and get some success against it so we can have some video to refer to on how to beat it.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Siakam Scores Career-High 30, Aggies Pull Away From Tennessee Tech In Second Half

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State sophomore Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 30 points as he led the Aggies to a 76-63 victory over Tennessee Tech on Wednesday night at the Pan American Center.

Siakam, a 6-9 forward from Douala, Cameroon, split his points equally with 15 in each half in leading the Aggies (2-1). The WAC Preseason Player of the Year and current WAC Player of the Week also chalked up 11 rebounds to record his second double-double of the season and ninth of his career.

"Tonight was his night," said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. "He should have scored points against this team. I expected him to with his size advantage and his ability. If you're going to be out front and center, with rank comes responsibility. That's what he's supposed to do."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Falls To UNM 83-74

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies fell victim to the hot shooting of New Mexico Lobo Elijah Brown as UNM invaded the Pan American Center and grabbed an 83-74 win on Sunday night.

Brown scored 31 points, 20 in the first half, to lead the Lobos (2-0) in the Rio Grande Rivalry victory. The Aggies (1-1) suffered their first loss at home since December of 2014.

“It hurts to lose a rivalry game,” said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. “It has a different kind of taste, a different kind of sting, a different kind of pain. Hats off to Craig (Neal). His team did an excellent job of coming into Cruces and playing really good basketball.”

The Aggies jumped out to an early nine-point lead, only to see UNM come back at the end of the first half thanks to Brown’s heroics. His off balance fade away at the buzzer gave UNM a 39-38 lead and the Lobos never trailed again.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Routs Houston Baptist 91-69 In Season Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies opened with a 13-3 run against the Houston Baptist Huskies and never looked back in winning their season opener 91-69 Friday night at the Pan American Center.

The defending Western Athletic Conference champion Aggies (1-0) kept the pressure on the Huskies (0-1) of the Southland Conference, and never fell under a double-digit lead after the 14:42 mark in the opening half. The Aggies won their 11th straight game on the parquet floor of the Pan Am and have claimed 52 of their last 56 games at home.

"I was very excited about the way we came out," said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. "The guys had a very, very good energy level to start out the game. Having a young team, I think that's a sign of maturity and handling our business at the house. When it was all said and done we did a great job in that area."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Basketball Routs Western New Mexico In Exhibition

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies scored the first 10 points of the game and never looked back in defeating Western New Mexico 80-39 in exhibition action Monday night at the Pan American Center.

The Mustangs, from the Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, were held scoreless for the first four minutes of the game. Meanwhile the Aggies went on a 22-3 run in the game's first nine-plus minutes.

NM State led 43-22 at the half and substituted freely to get experience for the members of this Aggie squad that does not have a senior on it.

But the real story of this game had nothing to do with the score. This was a chance for the Aggies to work against another team, running the offense and playing defense.

"We had way too many turnovers in the game," said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. "We cut them way down in the second half, but 21 is still too many."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Falls 12-1 In Series Finale At Hawai'i

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

HONOLULU, HI - The New Mexico State baseball team (4-17-1) fell 12-1 in the finale of a four-game series to the University of Hawai’i (9-14) at Les Murakami Stadium, Sunday, March 22.

The Aggies allowed nine runs on 12 hits and were held one run while marking six hits and struggled defensively committing five errors. UH’s starter Jarrett Arakawa was credited with the win working 5.0 innings and NM State’s starter Trey Higginbotham falls 0-3 on the year after throwing 3.2 innings, giving up three runs and striking out two batters. NM State ended the afternoon using seven pitchers and UH used three.

NM State was in the game through five innings of play as the Rainbows had a 3-0 lead. The NM State defense couldn’t hold down the UH offense late in the game allowing two runs in the sixth, four in the seventh and three more in the eighth to fall behind 12-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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