Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

NMSU Men's Basketball Ends Season With Loss To 3-seed Baylor In NCAA Tournament

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TULSA, OK - The beloved 14th-seeded New Mexico State men’s basketball team saw its season come to a close on Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against the third-seeded Baylor Bears in the BOK Center.

NM State (28-6), who made its 20th all-time appearance to the Big Dance, gave BU a run for its money before the Bears – who are ranked No. 12/11 in the latest AP and USA Today Polls – went on a run in the second half to extend their season 91-73.

New Mexico State came out as focused as it has ever been, knocking down 4-of-8 shots from the floor – including a five-footer from Jemerrio Jones that gave the Aggies an 8-3 lead heading into the first media timeout (15:17).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats CSUB 70-60 To Claim WAC Tournament Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The historic season for first-year head coach Paul Weir and the 2016-17 NM State men’s basketball team continues to rewrite history books as the second-seeded Aggies punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament with a 70-60 victory over the top-seed CSU Bakersfield Saturday night at Orleans Arena. NM State has now captured the WAC Tournament title for the fifth time in six years with its win.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Surges Past UMKC 78-60, Advances To WAC Title Game

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The much anticipated rematch between New Mexico State and CSU Bakersfield has come to fruition as NM State defeated UMKC 78-60 late Friday night and into Saturday morning at the Orleans Arena.

With the win, NM State moves to 27-5 overall on the year and tied Lou Henson’s 1969-70 Final Four team for the most wins in program history.

The Aggies will also be making its sixth-straight appearance in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament title game and ninth total appearance since joining the league 12 years ago.

Ian Baker and Braxton Huggins tied for a game-high 18 points while four other Aggies were hovering around the double-digit mark with eight or nine points.

An early shooting slump plagued the Aggies once again, but like clockwork, NM State found its rhythm and four-straight free-throws fueled an 11-0 run that forced UMKC (17-16) head coach Kareem Richardson to call a timeout.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Advances To WAC Tournament Semifinals With 67-53 Win Over Chicago State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team overcame a tough opening half from the floor and waltzed away with a 67-53 win over Chicago State in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinals in Orleans Arena.

With the win, NM State is now 13-2 all-time in Las Vegas with its only losses coming in 2011 against Boise State (semifinals) and then in 2016 against CSU Bakersfield (championship).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Wins Big Over UTRGV On Senior Day

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - On a night where emotions could’ve got the best of them, Ian Baker and Matt Taylor both had terrific performances in their final game on Lou Henson Court in front of the Aggie faithful Saturday night.

Baker posted 21 points with seven assists while Taylor, a redshirt junior who is expected to graduate this spring, put up 11 points with eight rebounds on 5-of-8 shooting to help New Mexico State send UT Rio Grande Valley packing, 107-81.

The first half of the game saw a lot of back-and-forth action with four lead changes and six ties. However, all that stopped when New Mexico State broke away for good thanks to a 9-0 run that was capped off by a jam from Matt Taylor.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Bounces Back With 86-53 Win Over Seattle

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - On a night where two former New Mexico State men’s basketball players were recognized for their induction into the US Bank/NM State Hall of Fame, the Aggies put a complete display of athleticism on both sides of the ball as they torched Seattle U 86-53 in the Pan American Center Saturday night.

NM State (24-5, 10-3 WAC) played the way Aggie fans were accustomed to seeing them during the 20-game winning-stretch on Saturday. The offense only turned the ball over seven times, matching its lowest mark this season for the third time while forcing the Redhawks to commit 14 – nine of which came in the second half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Falls At Home To Utah Valley 84-72

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men's basketball team saw its 23-game home winning-streak snapped on Thursday night to Utah Valley, 84-72.

Despite the loss, the Aggies have secured the No. 2 seed in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament and will play the No. 7 seed on Thursday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m. (MT)/4:30 p.m. (PT) in Orleans Arena.

After both teams exchanged baskets to start the game, an 11-1 run for the visiting Wolverines (12-15, 4-8 WAC) forced Aggie head coach Paul Weir to call a timeout.

From there the Aggies (23-5, 9-3 WAC) went a 12-4 run of their own to take the 18-17 lead over UVU. The back-and-forth scoring between the two teams continued for the remainder of the half. The first 20 minutes of action saw nine lead changes and five instances where the game was tied – including the halftime score 43-43.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats UTRGV 107-101

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EDINURG, TX - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team made its return to the win column Saturday night as it outscored UT Rio Grande Valley 107-101 on the road. The Aggies shot 55-percent (33-for-60) from the floor while the Vaqueros had a .485 shooting clip (33-for-68).

The Aggies move to 23-4 on the year and 9-2 on the season in Western Athletic Conference play to keep them within striking distance of first-place CSUB. Ian Baker led all scorers with a career-high 36 points on 11-of-18 shooting to go with his seven assists and four assists.

Johnathon Wilkins got the Aggie offense going early on, hitting the his first three field-goal attempts and forced UTRGV (10-18, 2-9 WAC) to call a timeout after Braxton Huggins knocked down a triple to give NM State the 7-0 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Falls At Grand Canyon 83-71

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team hit a shooting-slump late in the game and fell to Grand Canyon on the road 83-71 in front of a packed GCU Arena.

Saturday’s loss drops NM State (22-4, 8-2 WAC) into second-place behind CSU Bakersfield (8-1) in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

Both teams went on quick runs to open the game as Ian Baker’s 3-pointer gave NM State its first lead, 9-8, heading into the first media timeout (15:37).

NM State faced a drought that lasted 4:25 before Matt Taylor was able to get a scoop layup to fall to make it 22-15 in favor of the home team.

After back-to-back baskets from Tanveer Bhullar, the Lopes pushed their lead to 31-20 before an 8-0 run ensued for the Aggies to cut the GCU (17-9, 6-3 WAC) lead down to 31-28 with 3:39 left in the first frame.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Falls At Bakersfield 72-53, 20-Game Win Streak Snapped

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team had a tough time finding the bottom of the basketball Thursday night as it dropped a 72-53 decision to CSU Bakersfield in a packed Icardo Center.

Thursday was the first time the Aggies had suffered a loss since Nov. 18, a 72-59 defeat to New Mexico in Albuquerque. The 20-game win-streak finishes as the second-longest in program history, trailing just the 1969-70 Final Four team that won 21-consecutive games.

The Aggies (22-3, 8-1 WAC) had some trouble shooting from the floor in the opening stanza of the game, going just 1-of-6 from the floor at the first media timeout (15:06). After a 6-0 run by the ‘Runners, New Mexico State answered with a 6-0 of its own to cut the CSUB lead to 11-10 at the 11:46 mark.  Continue Reading This Post >>