Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

Aggie Men's Basketball Falls At No. 22/23 Baylor 85-70

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

WACO, TX - New Mexico State shot over 61 percent in the second half and cut a 20-point deficit to just seven points with under six minutes to play, but the No. 23/22 Baylor Bears withstood the run and pulled out an 85-70 victory Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center.

The Aggies (7-6) were ice-cold at the start of the game, as the Bears (9-2) reeled off an 18-2 run in the first six minutes of the game to put the Aggies deep in a hole.

“We didn’t play to our level of efficiency in the first half,” said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. “I’m disappointed that we didn’t play well early, but I’m proud of the way we battled back.”

The Aggies turned it around after the opening six minutes and outscored the Bears 68-67, but the mountain was a bit high.

Trailing 45-30 at the half, NM State allowed the game to get back to an 18-point deficit at 69-51 with 10:02 to play. But the Aggies wouldn’t say die.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Rout Miners 73-53, Sweep Season Series

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - Led by a career-high 26 points by junior Ian Baker, the New Mexico State Aggies swept the I-10 Rivalry series with a 73-53 triumph over the UTEP Miners at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday night.

The Aggies (6-5) got their first non-conference road victory since Dec. 17, 2013, when they beat New Mexico 67-61 at The Pit. The Miners (6-4) lost their fourth straight, including two to the Aggies.

"I am ecstatic with this win," said NM State Coach Marvin Menzies. "We played together as a team and stuck together when UTEP made its run in the first half. I'm really proud of our guys."

It was Baker that shined the brightest for the Aggies.

After suffering a neck injury on Wednesday at New Mexico, Baker was cleared to play against the Miners at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The junior guard from Washington, D.C., hit 6-of-7 from the 3-point arc on his way to his career-high of 26.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Drop Rivalry Game At UNM 79-61

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies got 21 points from Pascal Siakam, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the New Mexico Lobos who swept the Rio Grande Rivalry series with a 79-51 win at WisePies Arena on Wednesday night.

The Aggies (5-5) suffered their third straight loss, while the Lobos (7-2) won their second straight game.

Siakam was held to just four rebounds and a blocked shot in the contest, while connecting on 9-of-13 shots (69 percent).

NM State played without junior captain Ian Baker after the 10 minute mark in the first half. The Aggie point guard was wiped out on a screen at half court. He was on the floor for eight minutes before walking to the bench. He did not return to the game.

“This was a disappointing loss,” said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. “We struggled at the foul line and just didn’t take advantage of some of the opportunities we had.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Falls At Long Beach State 67-53

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LONG BEACH, CA - The New Mexico State Aggies had its worst shooting game of the season as the Aggies fell for the second time on the road with a 67-53 loss to Long Beach State at Walter Pyramid.

NM State (5-3) shot just 33 percent from the floor, hitting 18-of-54 from the field. Long Beach State (5-4) connected on 43 percent from the field, but it was the 49ers 56 percent from the 3-point arc that did in the Aggies. LBSU canned 14-of-25 shots from beyond the arc.

"Long Beach State played like a top 25 team tonight," said NM State Coach Marvin Menzies. "They just shot the heck out of the ball and they did a great job. We had so many shots right at the basket that normally go down that came out. We also didn't do a very good job taking care of the ball and then it was too big of a mountain to get over."  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>