Men's Basketball News

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Men's Basketball News

WAC Roundup: NMSU Didn't Fold In Weekend Win Over Fresno State

Written by: Teddy Feinberg/Sun-News Sports Editor

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men's basketball team fell behind 22-7 to Fresno State on Saturday night, bringing back memories of their first half against the Nevada Wolf Pack.

Against Nevada on Thursday night, the Wolf Pack jumped out to a 10-1 lead and a 28-16 advantage with 9:20 remaining in the opening half, eventually winning 98-85 in a crucial Western Athletic Conference battle.

At the outset against Fresno, a slow start appeared to be a possible disaster for NMSU. In the end, it did not matter, as the Aggies battled back to win 69-64 over the Bulldogs to split their two-game road trip.

"We didn't come out very strong against Fresno State," NMSU coach Marvin Menzies said. "We didn't play very well early and they threw different stuff at us defensively that gave us problems, namely a zone. But we were able to find a rhythm against it and ended up doing well."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Team Stringing Together Impressive Victories

Written by: Jason Groves/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Last year's New Mexico State men's basketball team found a way to win games late.

That's what makes what Aggies current coach, Marvin Menzies, has done more impressive, considering the Aggies are averaging a 22.8 point margin during their current five-game win streak and he hasn't had two years to develop a relationship with his players that former coach Reggie Theus did.

The Aggies are blowing out Western Athletic Conference opponents at such a rate that even rival coaches have started to take notice.

"They already have very good players that start, but what really makes them better and special and probably right now, makes them the team to beat in our league is that they have so much depth," Fresno State head coach Steve Cleveland said.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jonathan Gibson Has Developed Into Elite Scorer For The Aggies

Written by: Jason Groves/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The hard work has paid dividends for Jonathan Gibson.

The New Mexico State University sophomore guard is 15th in the Western Athletic Conference in scoring (12.9 points per game), sixth in 3-point shooting percentage (44) and fifth in 3-pointers made, knocking down 2.33 per game.

"He is getting more minutes than he did last year and he has earned those by having one heck of an offseason in terms of developing his game," Aggies head coach Marvin Menzies said. "He still has a long way to go before he is able to conceptualize all of the things that he needs to do to be a complete player but he can put the ball in the basket right now."

Menzies is not the only coach who knows what Gibson is capable of.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Recruits Getting Head Start

Written by: Jason Groves/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES - Spending time in high major programs has made an impact on New Mexico State University men's basketball coach.

Menzies was hired as a first-time Division I coach in large part to a successful career recruiting, which he has proven in his short time in Las Cruces.

Menzies, like those that he has worked under, likes to get the most of his talent.

"I like the idea of bringing in recruits and them not playing for a year so they can understand what college life is like," Menzies said. "Utilizing the Doña Ana Community College, we have been able to bring in some kids who weren't initial qualifiers out of high school."

With current redshirts Troy Gillenwater, Hamidu Rahman and Robert Lumpkins already at the branch campus, Menzies added two more guards in the last month. Terrance Joyner (Genesis One in Missisippi) and Faisal Aden (God's Academy in Dallas) are the latest two additions.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies To Host Long Beach State In O’Reilly ESNPU BracketBusters Game

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men"s basketball team was selected to host Long Beach State, Feb. 23 at 7:00 p.m., in the O"Reilly ESNPU BracketBuster. The two-day tournament features 100 teams from 16 conferences.

Head coach Marvin Menzies said he was happy with the selection, which is close to home for the Hamilton, Calif., native, but was discouraged the Aggies were not chosen for one of the 14 nationally televised games.

"I"m excited," he said. "I think it"s a great travel game for us next year. It allows us to get to Southern California, which is obviously one of my focal points in recruiting.

"I"m a little disappointed we didn"t get the chance to get on TV but I don"t know if we earned that with our wins this year."   Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men Take On Hawaii On The Road

Written by: Jason Groves/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With 10 games left in the regular season, the New Mexico State University men's basketball team seems to be heading in the right direction.

Now that Aggies head coach Marvin Menzies has a full compliment of players, the Aggies are finally able to play the type of style that Menzies hoped for since taking the head job last summer.

"It's something that we have been working on all year and it's part of who I am as a coach," Menzies said. "We were able to utilize that depth that we have gotten. We will try to give teams some havoc by pressing the rest of the year. It's a style of play that I like to play."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men Host Nevada

Written by: Jason Groves/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The faces may have changed and the record has dropped, but it's always a big game when Nevada comes to Las Cruces.

The Wolf Pack enter tonight's game against New Mexico State 2-2 in Western Athletic Conference and boasting the league's top scorer in senior guard Marcelus Kemp. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. at the Pan American Center. The game can be heard on KGRT 103.9-FM and in Spanish on 98.7 FM. AggieVision will replay the game in Las Cruces at 10 p.m. tonight.

"The competition between the two is definitely going to be peaked again," Aggies head coach Marvin Menzies said. "I think both of us needing a win right now would give it a little extra flavor."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pope Looking Forward

Written by: Jason Groves/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - For those New Mexico State University basketball fans that show up at the Pan American Center on Saturday, keep an eye on No. 15.

It will be the first game in the collegiate career of Aggies freshman forward Herb Pope.

"I just want to break a sweat and just play with my teammates and have fun," Pope said.

Pope joined the Aggies for good this week after he received NCAA clearance late last week. Pope practiced the last two days and will play when the 9-10 Aggies host Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

"It was more running than I thought because we are in season but it was good," said Pope of Aggies practice. "I had some brain freezes sometimes, but everyone understands that I'm going to make mistakes early on because I don't know the offense right away."

Now that Pope has been cleared by the NCAA after missing the first 19 games, he can focus on basketball.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NCAA Clears Pope To Play For The Aggies

Written by: Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Herb Pope, the New Mexico State freshman forward who has dealt with eligibility troubles since arriving on campus last fall, has been cleared to play by the NCAA.

Athletic director McKinley Boston said Friday that the NCAA granted an initial eligibility waiver, meaning Pope can begin playing immediately.

"We are pleased that Herb has been cleared by the NCAA,'' Boston said. "We are disappointed that the process has taken this long but felt all along that he would be cleared to play.''

Pope had been ruled academically ineligible to play due to an alternative education program he took in high school. He challenged the ruling in court and a state district judge last month ordered an end to the ban.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Venture To Boise State For Road Game

Written by: Jason Groves/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Matt Nelson knew something that others are starting to realize.

During Western Athletic Conference media days prior to the season, the Boise State power forward was confident that the Broncos would finish higher than the No. 5 slot that conference coaches and media selected the Broncos.

Nelson, the WAC Player of the Week the last two weeks, has proven to be prophetic as his Broncos enter tonight's game atop the WAC.

"We knew the other guys could contribute and they are proving it on the court and the entire team has responded," Nelson said.  Continue Reading This Post >>