Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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 >>

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 >>