Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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 >>

NM State vs. Kansas Game Photos

Aggie Men's Basketball Falls 75-56 vs. 2-seed Kansas

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OMAHA, NE - New Mexico State opened the first few minutes going toe-to-toe with No. 10 Kansas in the opening second round of the NCAA Tournament at the CenturyLink Center, but the Big 12 champion Jayhawks used an 11-3 run to open up the tight start and beat the Aggies 75-56.

NM State ended the season at 23-11, while Kansas improved to 27-8 on the year.

NM State got a pair of baskets from Pascal Siakam holding the game at 4-4 before the Jayhawks went on the run keyed by a 3-pointer from Frank Mason III.

The 3-ball would be the bain of the Aggies.

Kansas connected on nine (of 13) 3-pointers, equaling the most against the Aggies this season. The Aggies also shot just 36 percent against Kansas, while the Jayhawks connected on 54 percent from the floor.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Defeats Seattle 80-61, Wins Fourth Straight WAC Tournament Title

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Aggie Men Win 12th Straight, Advance To WAC Title Game

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - New Mexico State used a powerful inside game with a pair of double-doubles to win its 12th straight and advance to the championship game of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament with a 57-53 semifinal win over CSU Bakersfield Friday night at the Orleans Arena.

NM State got 19 points and 14 rebounds from Tshilidzi Nephawe to go with 10 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots from Pascal Siakam. Daniel Mullings chipped in 14 points for the Aggies as well.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Closes Regular Season With Win At Home

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies got a double-double from redshirt freshman Pascal Siakam, but had to fight off a pesky Chicago State squad to close the regular season with a 61-57 Western Athletic Conference victory Saturday night at the Pan American Center.

Siakam racked up his sixth double-double of the season posting 11 points with 10 rebounds to go with a career-high tying five blocked shots against the Cougars (8-23, 4-10 WAC).

The WAC Regular Season Champion Aggies (21-10, 13-1) won their 11th straight, establishing the program’s 10th longest winning streak. The Aggies also picked up their 10th straight home win and their 28th WAC home victory.

The Aggies never trailed in the game, but saw their 16-point lead with 15:23 remaining get whittled down to two with 1:48 to play by turnovers forced by a tenacious Cougar defense.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Basketball Pulls Away Late For 69-48 Victory At UTPA

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EDINBURG, TX - The New Mexico State Aggies had to spend four extra days in south Texas before playing Texas-Pan American, but Tshilidzi Nephawe made it payoff as the Aggies beat the Broncs 69-48 Wednesday night at UTPA Fieldhouse.

Nephawe racked up his fourth double-double of the season in leading the Aggies with 19 points and 14 rebounds to go with two blocked shots, two assists and a steal.

The Aggies (20-10, 12-1 WAC) collected their fourth straight 20-win season under head coach Marvin Menzies, as well as the sixth time in Menzies eighth season. It was the 26th time to win 20 games for the NM State program.

UT-Pan American (9-20, 3-10) lost its third straight and the seventh time in the last eight games.

“We played fantastic defense,” said Menzies. “We forced them into some bad shots. Offensively we stepped up, especially Chili (Nephawe).”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Claims WAC Regular Season Title Outright In 72-55 Victory Over GCU

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State Aggies are the Western Athletic Conference regular season champions after taking a 72-55 victory over Grand Canyon at GCU Arena Saturday night.

The Aggies (19-10, 11-1 WAC) won their ninth straight and wrapped up the regular season title with two games remaining, while the ‘Lopes (16-12, 7-4 WAC) had their four-win streak come to an end.

Playing in front of a raucous home crowd of 7,005, Grand Canyon got off to a quick start, building a 16-6 lead seven minutes into the contest.

Then the Aggies answered with a 24-4 run over the next 10 minutes and the ‘Lopes could never get back.

“I am so proud of this team,” said NM State coach Marvin Menzies. “They came to play and overcame a tough home court environment to get it done.”

The Aggies used a stifling defense for most of the game, building a 20-point lead with four minutes to go before down shifting for the win.  Continue Reading This Post >>