Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

Aggie Women's Hoops Storms Back From 20 Point Deficit, Defeats Bakersfield 90-78 In Overtime

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team erased a 20-point deficit with 10:29 left in the game to defeat Western Athletic Conference favorite Bakersfield, 90-78, in overtime on Thursday night inside the Pan American Center.

Sophomore Brianna Freeman capped off a 13-1 Aggie run to finish the second half with a bucket inside the lane with 2.5 seconds remaining that tied the game at 74-74 and sent the game into overtime. With momentum on its side, NM State (9-6, 2-0 WAC) would outscore the Roadrunners (12-5, 1-1 WAC) 16-4 in the extra period to begin WAC play 2-0 for the first time since 2011.

“Our kids did a great job, they never quit,” Aggie head coach Mark Trakh said. “They kept fighting and kept fighting, and I told the kids, ‘After we win this game I’m going to come over and talk to you and tell you, it’s a great night to be an Aggie.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Opens WAC Play With Dominating 63-45 Victory Over UMKC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State flexed its muscles early and opened up Western Athletic Conference play with a resounding 63-45 win over Kansas City in the annual Lou Henson Classic Saturday evening at the Pan American Center.

“I was very satisfied with our defensive effort and our offensive execution, “ NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said following the game. “It was a good overall effort on both sides of the ball.”

NM State opened the game on 7-3 run and led 16-5 at 12:17 in the first half. The Aggies didn’t let up from there and an acrobatic dunk from senior DK Eldridge with just over a minute remaining propelled the Aggies into intermission with a 33-14 lead.

The Aggies’ defense put the clamps on the ‘Roos in the first half. NM State held UMKC to season-low 14 first-half points. The ‘Roos also shot 22 percent (5-of-22) shooting from the field.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Hold Off New Mexico Highlands 75-67

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State used an efficient offense to upend New Mexico Highlands 75-67 Tuesday evening in a scrappy bout at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies finished the night shooting 51 percent (29-of-56) from the field – including 61 percent in the second half.

“We went with more inside touches in the second half,” NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said. “We didn’t do that enough in the first half and when we did we weren’t very efficient. But you have to give them credit; they battled and really wanted this game. We just have to pat them on the back and say thanks for giving us a great game.”

Senior Remi Barry scored the first seven points of the game and the Aggies led 7-0 at 17:38 in the first half. From there, however, the Cowboys slowly fought back.

Highlands, trailing 27-19 at 9:03, went on a 16-6 run and led 35-33 with 2:08 remaining in the half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Ian Baker's Heroics Give Aggies 70-67 Victory Over UC Irvine

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Sophomore Ian Baker buried a 3-pointer from the left elbow with five second to play to lead New Mexico State to a 70-67 victory over UC Irvine Saturday night at the Pan American Center.

It was the third straight game that the Aggies (7-9) got Baker’s last-second heroics, as he drained 3’s beat Texas Southern on Tuesday night and send the game with No. 24 Colorado State into overtime last Saturday.

“Ian Baker the Big Shot Maker,” said NM State coach Marvin Menzies. “He’s playing at a very high level, especially at crunch time.

“He’s extremely cool and confident when it’s time to make the play. He wants it in his hands.”

With the game knotted at 67-all with 18.7 to play after UCI’s Travis Souza buried a 3-pointer, the sophomore from Washington, D.C., coolly brought the ball into the forecourt for an Aggie timeout.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Rally To Defeat Texas Southern 54-52

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Sophomore Ian Baker slashed to the basket and laid it in with 2.2 seconds remaining in the second half to propel New Mexico State past Texas Southern 54-52 Tuesday evening at the Pan American Center.

“We beat a good team,” NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said following the game. “Our guys took a challenge of being down by eight at the half and displayed guts. We just need to continue to preach and teach and get these guys better. We took a major mental step tonight and I’m proud of them.”

The Tigers, who have defeated the likes of Michigan State and Kansas State, opened up an early lead and a David Blanks layup at 12:39 in the first stanza made it 14-5. From there, however, the Aggies fought back.  Continue Reading This Post >>

New Mexico State Falls In Overtime Thriller To No. 24 Colorado State, 58-57

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Freshman Pascal Siakam scored 13 points and hauled in 13 rebounds for the double-double, however, No.24-ranked Colorado State edged New Mexico State 58-57 in overtime Saturday evening at the Pan American Center.

“I’m proud of my guys and they showed a lot of heart,” NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said following the game. “We had some missed opportunities at the free-throw line and a couple offensive rebounds that probably could have made a difference for us. At the end of the day we need to take care of the turnovers.”

The NM State offense was firing on its cylinders early and a Remi Barry layup at 10:22 in the first stanza gave the Aggies a 14-6 lead.

From there, however, CSU fought back and Joe De Ciman hit a pair of free throws with 1:21 remaining to push the Rams ahead of the Aggies 19-18 – CSU’s first lead of the game and the Rams went into intermission with a 22-20 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Hoops Cruises Past Northern New Mexico 78-39

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Five players scored in double figures as New Mexico State used a balanced offensive attack to upend Northern New Mexico 78-39 Monday evening at the Pan American Center.

“Northern (New Mexico) has some guys that can shoot it and they resemble teams in the WAC (Western Athletic Conference) and stretch out your big guys and it was a good look for us,” NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said. “Any time you hold a college basketball team to under 40 points that’s something to hang your hat on.”

Initially the Eagles went toe-to-toe with the Aggies and led 15-14 at 11:52 in the first half. From there, however, NM State flexed its muscles. The Aggies finished the half on a 24-5 run and went into intermission with a 39-20 lead.

It was more of the same in the second stanza as the Aggies opened with a 15-9 run and led 54-29 at 12:30.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall To UNM 69-67, Suffer Rivalry Series Sweep

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Sophomore Ian Baker scored a career-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, however, New Mexico State dropped a 69-67 decision to Rio Grande Rival New Mexico Saturday evening at the Pan American Center.

“Just bad execution in the first half and carelessness with the ball, “ NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said. “We just need to continue to teach and educate them. I’m determined to take these lessons and learn from them.”

In the opening moments both squads traded baskets and the game was tied at 8-all at 14:00 in the first half. From there, however, the Lobos gained momentum and a Hugh Greenwood layup jump-started an 18-8 run that lasted 10 minutes and UNM went into intermission with a 30-20 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Hoops Falls At Baylor 66-55

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

WACO, TX - The nonconference road season came to an unmerciful end Wednesday night as the undermanned New Mexico State Aggies fell to the Big 12’s Baylor Bears 66-55.

The Aggies (4-7), playing without reining WAC Player of the Year Daniel Mullings and preseason All-WAC center Tshilidzi Nephawe due to injuries, hung tough with the Bears (9-1) who are just outside the Top 25 rankings.

NM State trailed by just two with 17:28 to play at 34-32, before Baylor got a 3-pointer from Al Freeman that started a 15-4 run for the Bears to send the Aggies down 14 points. The Aggies never recovered.

“We mixed it up well with them for a while,” said NM State coach Marvin Menzies. “But we lost to a good team.”

“I thought we had some areas where we made some growth, but their big boys went to work on our babies and were just more physical.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies' Rally Falls Short At ORU In 86-83 Loss

TULSA, Okla. – The scrappy New Mexico State Aggies battled through foul trouble and few numbers on Saturday night, but the home-standing Oral Roberts held off the a come-back attempt for an 86-83 win at the Mabee Center.

The Aggies (4-6) trailed by 10 at 79-69 with 2:44 to play and closed on a 14-7 run, but it wasn’t enough as the Golden Eagles (3-4) collected a win it their first game in two weeks.

“We played with a lot of heart tonight, but we just couldn’t finish,” said NM State coach Marvin Menzies. “We played better offensively, but we allowed ORU to shoot 65 percent from the floor in the second half, and that killed us.”

The Aggies were paced by Ian Baker with 15 points, while DK Eldridge added 14. Jalyn Pennie posted a career best 11 points with a game-high eight rebounds as six of the nine NM State players scored double digits.

ORU got 24 points from Obi Emegano and 21 points from Korey Billbury to lead the way.  Continue Reading This Post >>