Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

NMSU Men's Basketball Upsets No. 6/7 Miami, Advances To Diamond Head Classic Championship Game

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

HONOLULU, HI - The “cardiac kids” was what New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach said his team was becoming last night in the postgame interviews. That squad delivered once again Saturday night in the semifinal game of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic with the 63-54 upset of No. 6/7 Miami at the Stan Sheriff Center, handing the Hurricanes their first loss of the year.

The win gave NM State its first victory over a top-10 team since the heroic Keith Hill jumper that gave the Aggies the 83-82 win at home over seventh-ranked UNLV led by the great Jerry Tarkanian. That Aggie team on Jan. 8, 1990, was coach by Neil McCarthy.

It was also NM State’s first win against an Atlantic Coast Conference team since Lou Henson’s 1997-98 team took down Virginia in the 34th Rainbow Classic in Honolulu on Dec. 30, 1997.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Wins Diamond Head Classic Opener 69-68 Over Davidson

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

HONOLULU, HI - New Mexico State men’s basketball senior Jemerrio Jones made another huge play down the stretch, this time a game-winner with eight seconds left to play on a put-back to give NM State the 69-68 victory over Davidson in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic opener Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Down seven with 7:14 left to play, the Aggies (10-2) clawed their way back and found a way to win thanks to gritty play by Keyon Jones, Eli Chuha and J. Jones. The three combined to score 12 of the last 16 points for NM State in the same time frame.

“I am proud of our group of young men,” Aggie head coach Chris Jans said. “They have become somewhat of the cardiac kids where the last 3 games on the road we have won, we have come from behind."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Downs Illinois 74-69

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO, IL - It was only fitting on a night where both New Mexico State and Illinois were set to honor legendary head coach Lou Henson that the Aggies gutted out a 74-69 win Saturday night over the Illini at the United Center – giving NM State its first win over a Big Ten Conference foe since Henson did it in 2004.

Oddly enough, that win in 2004 was against Northwestern – another team from Illinois on a neutral floor at the BP Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska.

After a bad start in the second-half, New Mexico State (9-2) saw its once 15-point lead from the first half dwindle and dissipate with 10:15 left to play when Aaron Jordan hit a pair of free-throws and gave Illinois (8-5) the 45-43 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Beats Eastern New Mexico 84-62

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Senior forward Jemerrio Jones became the first New Mexico State men’s basketball player to record a triple-double in Tuesday night’s 84-62 win over Eastern New Mexico since former Aggie All-American Daniel Mullings did so against Hawaii back on Feb. 23, 2012.

Jones finished the game with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against the Greyhounds while Mullings did it with 28 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists against the Rainbow Warriors.

“I am happy for him,” Aggie head coach Chris Jans said about Jones. “He deserves that. To be able to make the history books with a triple-double in his senior year and do it efficiently.”

The Aggies (8-2) and Greyhounds both got off to a hot start from the floor, hovering around the 50-percent mark heading into the 7:59 media timeout.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Falls To San Diego 65-60

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team saw its five-game win-streak snapped on Wednesday at the hands of West Coast Conference foe San Diego 65-60 inside the Pan American Center.

NM State was slow to start the game and trailed San Diego by a point in each of the first three media timeouts. The Aggies finally took the 23-20 lead at the final TV break with 3:52 left in the first half.

The back-and-forth continued the remainder of the first-half with neither team able to find their rhythm. The Aggies shot just 34.5-percent from the floor while the Toreros were just 38.5-percent from the field as both teams headed into the locker room tied at 29-29.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Prairie View A&M

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team grabbed its fifth-straight win Sunday evening after holding off Prairie View A&M 69-57 in the Pan American Center.

The Aggies got off to a great start, taking a 13-4 lead into the first media break at the 15:14 mark. Six-consecutive points from Jemerrio Jones extended the lead to 25-12 before turnovers by NM State, both forced and unforced, allowed Prairie View A&M to claw back into the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Cruises To 80-60 Win At UTEP, Sweeps Season Series

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - A game and career-high 18 points from AJ Harris along with three other players in double-figures gave the New Mexico State men’s basketball team its seventh-straight win over Battle of I-10 rival UTEP, 80-60, and its third-straight sweep of the Miners Thursday night at the Don Haskins Center.

The victory gave head coach Chris Jans his first rivalry sweep, who now joins Ken Hayes, Lou Henson and Paul Weir as the only coaches to sweep UTEP in their first year at the helm. In addition, this is the first time since the 1952-53 season that NM State has swept UTEP in consecutive games on its schedule.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Edge Rival UTEP 72-63

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Despite a slow start to the game, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team never wavered and captured the 72-63 win over Battle of I-10 rival UTEP Saturday night at the Pan American Center. NM State has now won six-consecutive games against the Miners (1-4) and nine of the last 10.

With the win, Aggie head coach Chris Jans joins eight other head coaches in school history to beat UTEP (1-4) in their first try. He also joins Ken Hayes, Lou Henson and Paul Weir as the only first-year head coaches to beat both New Mexico and UTEP in their first try at home.

The first-half of the Battle of I-10 started off a little sluggish for both teams with the contest tied four separate times. Neither team shot well from the floor either with NM State (4-1) shooting 37-percent and UTEP shooting 37.5-percent.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Cruises Past Colorado State 89-76

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Big offensive night from Zach Lofton and Eli Chuha led the New Mexico State men’s basketball past Colorado State 89-76 in a midweek clash at the Pan American Center on Wednesday.

Lofton had his best game yet as an Aggie, pouring in 30 points on 12-of-15 shooting with eight rebounds – including a 4-of-7 night beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Chuha finally found his rhythm on the offensive end Wednesday night and erupted for 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting with four rebounds. Both players were very efficient from the floor for NM State (3-1), accounting for 61-percent of the team’s scoring.

New Mexico State and Colorado State (2-3) each had runs throughout the first half with the Rams tying things up three separate times, but was never able to overtake the Aggies in the scoring column.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Pulls Away Late In 75-56 Win Over Rival UNM

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - “I’ve seen it in his face that he (Jans) really wanted this game and we really wanted the game for him,” senior guard Zach Lofton commented. “We like him a lot and to get this win for him, it’s lovely man.”

That was the sentiment by both Lofton and sophomore Sidy N’Dir in the postgame presser Friday night after the New Mexico State men’s basketball team pounded Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico 75-56 in the Pan American Center.

Lofton and N’Dir led the way in former Aggie head coach Paul Weir’s return with 28 points and 14 points, respectively. The graduate transfer poured in 23 of his 28 points in a dominant second-half performance where he was 7-of-11 from the field – including a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line.  Continue Reading This Post >>