Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Seattle 75-62 In WAC Home Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A balanced offense coupled with another staunch night on defense powered New Mexico State past Seattle U 75-62 Thursday night at the Pan American Center to stay undefeated in Western Athletic Conference play.

“Obviously the game couldn’t start any better for us, we jumped on them early 12-2 and 17-4,” Aggie head coach Chris Jans said. “Unfortunately, in my experience it usually doesn’t continue that way, the other team usually fights harder to come back. The team usually leading relaxes a little bit and that’s human nature and they did that. The second half was kind of a start and stop half and we got through it and got the win.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Closes Out Road Trip With 66-53 Win Over Bakersfield

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - Another second-half surge on defense propelled the New Mexico State men’s basketball team past a physical CSU Bakersfield team 66-53 Saturday night in the Icardo Center.

The win wrapped up an eight-game road trip for the Aggies (15-3, 3-0 WAC) that’ll span for 37 days between home games when it takes Lou Henson Court on Thursday, Jan. 18, against Seattle U. During that long stretch away from home, the Aggies went 7-1 with wins over Illinois, Davidson and then-No. 6/7 Miami.

Only two other teams had more days between home games were Penn and Harvard – who went 6-2 and 2-6, respectively – with 39 days between home contests. The win also pushed NM State’s win-streak in true road games to six – which is good for the fifth-longest in the nation behind Wichita State (11), Middle Tennessee (11), Saint Mary’s (10) and Kansas (10).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Uses Late Surge To Down Grand Canyon

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team pulled away late in the game with a 70-59 victory on the road over Grand Canyon thanks to its lock-down defense that held the Lopes to just 22 points in the second-half Thursday evening in GCU Arena.

“Our guys have developed a road toughness about them which is exciting to watch,” Aggie head coach Chris Jans said. “They were learning to understand that when you defend and rebound, you always give yourself a chance regardless of the environment.”

NM State is now 8-2 against GCU all-time after the win and 3-2 on the road. The win was also its first win at GCU Arena since 2015, 72-55.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Blow Out Chicago State 97-60 In WAC Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO, IL - Led by Jemerrio Jones’ 10th double-double of the season, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team strolled past Chicago State 97-60 Saturday afternoon at the Jones Convocation Center.

Despite a good start to the game, a couple 3-pointers surrendered by the Aggies (13-3, 1-0 WAC) saw it trail the Cougars 12-10 at the first media break (13:13).

Jones teamed up with Eli Chuha for a nice high-low action in the paint and tied things up at 18-18 before five-straight points from Chicago State’s leading scorer, Fred Sims Jr., gave them a 23-20 advantage with 7:19 left in the first half.

Jones once again made another great pass, this time an alley-oop to Johnny McCants to cut the Cougar (2-17, 0-1 WAC) lead to 23-22 before going coast-to-coast himself for the 24-23 lead – which forced Chicago State to call a timeout.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Falls To USC 77-72 In Diamond Head Classic Title Game

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

HONOLULU, HI - Just like a battle between two heavy weights, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team and USC went toe-to-toe Monday evening at the Stan Sheriff Center in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic championship game with the Aggies falling in the final seconds of play to the Trojans 77-72.

After Zach Lofton drilled his sixth 3-pointer of the game, New Mexico State held on to its two-possession lead for the most of latter portion of the second-half.

Fast-forward to 2:05 remaining in the game when Eli Chuha pulled down an AJ Harris missed shot for the put-back to give NM State the 72-68 lead. A put-back and by USC’s Jordan McLaughlin and lay-in from Jonah Mathews on the next two possessions tied things up at 72-72 with 1:04 left to play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>