Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

NMSU Men's Basketball Drops Overtime Contest At Seattle U, 73-63

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - After battling back in regulation, 2-of-10 shooting by New Mexico State in the overtime period was not enough to answer Seattle U’s 16 points as it fell to the Redhawks 73-63 Saturday afternoon at KeyArena in men’s basketball action.

The Redhawks started the extra period with a deep triple before AJ Harris answered with a floater in the lane to make it 60-59 in favor or the home team. However, from there, it was Jordan Hill for Seattle U – who scored nine-straight points which put NM State behind 69-61 with 37 seconds left on the clock before eventually falling 73-63.

NM State (22-5, 9-2 WAC) struggled offensively for most of the second half as well as turned the ball over – including six in a 4:40 minute span that saw the Redhawks (19-9, 8-3 WAC) use to extend their lead to 49-39 with 7:28 left to play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Falls At Utah Valley 86-79

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team saw its 11-game winning-streak snapped Thursday night on the road at the UCCU Center against Utah Valley 86-79 as the top-two teams in the league went toe-to-toe.

Thursday night’s loss now has NM State 22-4 overall on the season and 9-1 in Western Athletic Conference play. However, the Aggies still have a two-game cushion in league play against UVU and Seattle U – who have three losses each – with four games remaining in the regular-season.

NM State got off to a quick start, draining back-to-back three-balls, but then saw Utah Valley (18-8, 8-3) answer right back with six-straight of its own. The teams went back-and-forth from that point as both squads exchanged short runs. However, a 6-0 run by Utah Valley powered by Brandon Randolph gave the Wolverines a 27-24 lead and forced an Aggie timeout.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Rallies For 74-70 Win Over Grand Canyon

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Clutch free-throws down the stretch in the final 2:26 minutes of play lifted the New Mexico State men’s basketball team past Grand Canyon Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 12,898 inside the Pan American Center, 74-70.

The over-capacity crowd played a significant role in the win Saturday night, fueling the Aggies in the final minutes of play while also disrupting the GCU offense to the tune of just 1-of-8 shooting in the final five minutes of play.

New Mexico State (23-3, 9-0 WAC), winners of 11-straight after Saturday’s thrilling victory, have been solid from the free-throw line lately and used it to its advantage. The Aggies knocked down 8-of-10 from the charity stripe in the final five minutes of action en route to their win.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Races Past Bakersfield 69-43

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Balanced scoring and another 20-rebound night from Jemerrio Jones saw the New Mexico State men’s basketball team overpower CSU Bakersfield Thursday night 69-43 at the Pan American Center. The win pushed Aggie win-streak to 10-straight with an overall record of 21-3 and 8-0 mark in Western Athletic Conference play.

Jones, who finished with six points and 20 rebounds for the second-consecutive game, added three assists and two steals to his line while Zach Lofton recorded a game-high 14 points.

The last and only time an Aggie tallied 20 rebounds in back-to-back games was Sam Lacey during the Final Four year (1969-70). The 6-10 center did so against Montana State (2/9/70) and Air Force (2/14/70).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls At Bakersfield 62-52

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team took on CSU Bakersfield in a battle of No. 1 versus No. 2 in Western Athletic Conference play at the Icardo center on Thursday night. Despite leading late into the third quarter

NM State (12-10, 6-2 WAC) allowed CSU Bakersfield (13-10, 7-2 WAC) to open the game on a 5-0 run, but the Aggies quickly answered with a 7-0 run of their own to grab their first lead just 6:39 in. A scoring drought of 2:17 highlighted stout defense for each side before NM State closed out with the final three baskets of the first quarter to lead Bakersfield 16-11.

The beginning of the second quarter featured aggressive defensive play from each side prior to Gia Pack knocking down a three-pointer to open up the scoring at the 8:34 mark. The teams began to trade baskets before a media stoppage in which NM State led Bakersfield 24-20 with 4:39 remaining in the first half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Routs UTRGV

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Backed by Zach Lofton’s season-high 34 points, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team routed UT Rio Grande Valley 90-67 early Saturday evening inside the pan American Center. The win pushes NM State’s win-streak now to nine-straight and keeps the Aggies undefeated in Western Athletic play, 7-0.

In a game full of highlights for NM State, senior Jemerrio Jones had a big night and pulled down a career-tying 20 rebounds to go with 10 points and five assists for his 14th double-double of the year. Jones last grabbed 20 boards in 2015 against Temple College (Feb. 21) while at Hill Junior College.

Jones’ 20 boards made him the 12th Aggie to pull down at least 20 rebounds and was the 24th time an NM State player pulled down 20-plus in a single-game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Cruises Past UMKC 73-48

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - An offensive blitz coupled with a tough defensive stance in the second-half saw the New Mexico State men’s basketball team cruise past UMKC 73-48 Saturday night at Municipal Auditorium.

The win keeps NM State undefeated in league play and moves the Aggies to 18-3 overall on the year while pushing its win-streak to seven-straight along with its road win-streak.

The Aggies got a great jump to the game on a slam from Johnny McCants, who made his first-career start. An 8-2 run after the first media timeout then put the Aggies on top 15-6 with 9:50 left in the first-half.

Both teams hit a scoring lull before UMKC closed within 19-15 of the Aggies. However, after that media timeout with 3:29 left to play, New Mexico State closed out the first half with a 13-5 run to take a 32-20 lead against the ‘Roos.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Blitzes Utah Valley 86-59

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A barrage of 3-pointers from New Mexico State saw it cruise past Utah Valley Saturday afternoon in the Pan American Center 86-59 and took sole possession of first-place in the Western Athletic Conference as it handed the Wolverines their first loss of league play.

The 15 triples from New Mexico State is a season-high for the Aggies. The last time NM State hit 15-plus from beyond the arc was on Dec. 28, 2008, against Loyola Marymount. With the win, the Aggies have now won six-straight games, including a 10-straight in WAC play spanning into last season.

Jemerrio Jones and Johnathon Wilkins got things going early for the Aggies and gave them an 18-9 lead at the first media break (12:39). Utah Valley (15-6, 4-1 WAC) cut the lead several times to single-digits in the first-half, but the Aggies found an answer each time to bring it back into double-digit range.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>