Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

Aggie Men's Basketball Clinches Top Seed In WAC Tourney With 51-38 Victory At Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT -The New Mexico State Aggies used a 13-2 run over the last five minutes of the first half to break through a stubborn Utah Valley defense and never trailed again as the Aggies grabbed a 51-38 Western Athletic Conference victory Thursday night.

The Aggies (18-10, 10-1 WAC) clinched the top seed in the WAC Tournament with the victory, while holding the Wolverines (9-16, 3-7 WAC) to 38 points. It was the third time this season and just the ninth time since 1950 that NM State has held an opponent to less than 40 points.

The Aggies played the contest without head coach Marvin Menzies, who fell ill early Thursday and remained at the team hotel. He is expected to be with the team for the rest of the trip and be on the bench at Grand Canyon on Saturday.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Defeats Bakersfield 74-58

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies put four players in double figures and overcame first half sluggishness to maintain their lead in the Western Athletic Conference with a 74-58 victory over CSU Bakersfield Saturday night at the Pan American Center

The Aggies (17-10, 9-1 WAC) used a late first half run and an early second half run to pull away from the Roadrunners (10-16, 5-5 WAC).

“We definitely played well enough to win, but we’ve got to play better basketball,” said NM State coach Marvin Menzies. “We settled down in the second half and we started to focus on our shifts and once we cleaned that up it was good for us.”

NM State was paced by redshirt freshman forward Pascal Siakam, who led all scorers and rebounders with 20 points and seven boards.

Seniors Daniel Mullings and Remi Barry each scored 14 points, as Mullings dished out five assists. Sophomore Ian Baker chipped in 11 points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Defeats Seattle 73-47

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field to lead New Mexico State past Seattle U 73-48 Thursday evening at a boisterous Pan American Center.

“We played some pretty good basketball tonight and I’m pleased,” NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said. “This was a payback game for us and the guys were amped for that.”

The opening minutes were evenly matched and Seattle U led 11-10 at the 13:19 mark. From there, however, over the ensuing five minutes the Aggies went on a 11-0 run and led 21-11 with eight minutes remaining in the first stanza.

The Aggies’ defense was stellar in the first half and kept the Redhawks off-balance. NM State scored 11 points off 10 forced turnovers.

“Defense played inspired tonight,” added Menzies. “The guys are starting to understand what they are supposed to do on defense and it’s showing.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Pulls Away From UMKC For 77-63 Road Victory

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - New Mexico State used a powerful inside game, attacking the basket and the glass to pull away from Missouri-Kansas City 77-63 Saturday night at Municipal Auditorium.

The Aggies (15-10, 7-1) opened up a two-game lead in the Western Athletic Conference race with the win. UMKC (10-15, 5-3) remained in second in the league.

NM State got a DK Eldridge layup with 11:02 to play that ignited a 10-2 run midway through the second half to break open a tight game and the Aggies never trailed again.

But it was what the Aggies did inside that gave NM State it’s fifth straight win and 10th victory in the last 11 games.

Senior center Tshilidzi Nephawe collected his third double-double of the season as he led all scorers and rebounders with 20 points and 12 boards. Nephawe nearly had as many boards as the Roos, with NM State outboarding UMKC 38-13.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Holds Off Chicago State 69-61 In Overtime

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO - The New Mexico State Aggies went on a 12-4 run in overtime to maintain their one-game lead in the Western Athletic Conference with a 69-61 victory at Chicago State.

The Aggies (14-10, 6-1) watched a 15-point second half lead evaporate, while Chicago State (5-19, 1-6) used a 12-5 run in the last 3:53 to send the game to an extra period on Clarke Rosenberg follow up of a missed shot with 5.6 seconds left in regulation.

The Cougars came up with their first lead in the game with the first score in overtime on a Sean Hill jumper.

But NM State senior Daniel Mullings answered with a 3-pointer from the left elbow to give the Aggies another brief lead.

CSU’s Anthony Glover got open for a jumper with 3:33 to go in the extra frame for a 61-60 Cougar lead, but it would be CSU’s last of the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men Hold Off Late UTPA Rally, Win 53-48

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Four players scored in double-figures as New Mexico State toppled Texas-Pan American 53-48 in Western Athletic Conference action at the Pan American Center Saturday evening.

“When you look at the stats it shows that we played a pretty good game. We held them to 48 points, outrebounded them by five and was 6-of-13 in shooting the three (3-pointer),” NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said. “We turned the ball over 16 times and left nine points out there on missed free throws. They (UTPA) came out with a lot of energy and played well in the second half. We have a couple things that we need to fix and we’ll be fine.”

The opening 12 minutes was evenly matched as both teams traded baskets. However at 8:07 is when the Aggies made their move.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men Crush Utah Valley, 69-44

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Tshilidzi Nephawe scored a team-high 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field to lead New Mexico State past Utah Valley 69-44 in Western Athletic Conference action Saturday evening at the Pan American Center.

“The lack of turnovers and our overall energy and defensive execution were key tonight,” NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said following the game. “Our overall rhythm and tempo (on offense) were keys for us. We continue to get better and we need to attack each conference game a game at a time.”

Nephawe, who recently returned from injury, is ready and excited to contribute in WAC play.

“My legs feel good and it’s great to contribute to this team,” Nephawe said. “We did a good job on the boards and our overall energy was great. This was a total team effort.”

It didn’t take long for the Aggies to institute their will on the Wolverines.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men Defeat Grand Canyon 85-63, Daniel Mullings Scores 17 In Return

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State used a fast start on offense and stifling defense to bounce Grand Canyon 85-63 Thursday evening in Western Athletic Conference action at a raucous Pan American Center.

The Aggies were bolstered by the return of All-American Daniel Mullings from injury. The Toronto native scored 17 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field after a two-month absence. He did the majority of his damage from the charity stripe converting 8-of-10 free throws.

“It was good to have Daniel back, obviously,” NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said. “It was the highlight of the evening to get the Preseason WAC Player of the Year back. Daniel is a huge piece that we were missing and he brought a lot of energy and he just does so much with his activity and athleticism.”

Mullings was excited to return to competitive basketball and help his teammates.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall At Seattle 58-52

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - New Mexico State trimmed a 10-point second half deficit to just one with 4:56 to play, but were held to just four points the rest of the way as Seattle University snagged a 58-52 Western Athletic Conference victory Saturday night at KeyArena.

The Aggies (10-10, 2-1 WAC) pulled within a point a 49-48 on an Ian Baker right elbow jumper just inside the arc, but the Redhawks (9-8, 2-1 WAC) answered with an Isiah Umipig 3-pointer that was a dagger to the NM State comeback attempt.

NM State cut it again with a Tshilidzi Nephawe put back, but a quick Redhawk reply by Jadon Cohee and an Aggie turnover that led to a Shore Adenekan dunk with 2:23 to play gave Seattle U. a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

“They just beat us,” said NM State coach Marvin Menzies. “We didn’t have a lot of rhythm, and got out of sync.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Picks Up First Road Victory Of Season, 70-54 Over Bakersfield

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA – Senior Remi Barry collected 20 points and sophomore Ian Baker nailed 19 points in leading New Mexico State to its first road win of the season with a 70-54 Western Athletic Conference win at CSU Bakersfield Thursday night.

The Aggies (10-9, 2-0) got above the .500 mark for the first time this season as well with the win.

NM State used a 15-3 run in the first half to regain the lead after trailing briefly as Baker buried three straight 3-pointers to lead the attack. The Aggies never trailed again.

“The guys played well tonight,” said NM State coach Marvin Menzies. “We played stellar defense and shot well offensively. I am very pleased.”

The Aggies shot 55 percent from the floor for the night, including 62 percent from the 3-point arc (8-of-13).

In addition to his 20 points, Barry collected six rebounds to lead the team.  Continue Reading This Post >>