Men's Basketball News

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Men's Basketball News

Daniel Mullings Earns AP All-American Honorable Mention

New Mexico State men's basketball junior guard Daniel Mullings was named to the All-American Honorable Mention team by the Associated Press on Monday, March 31st. Mullings averaged 16.8 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, 3.5 assists per game and 1.9 steals per game and helped guide the Aggies to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament trip. Mullings was selected by the league's coaches and media as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year and followed that up with earning the WAC Player of the Year as voted on by the league's coaches. Mullings is just the sixth Aggie player to earn All-American honors and the first since James Moore was named an Honorable Mention All-American in 2003.

Mullings scored a career-high 32 points in a 90-78 victory over UT Pan American on January 25th in Las Cruces. He scored over 20 points nine different times on the year and was responsible for 21% of the team's scoring. The Aggies finished the season with 26 wins tying the mark most wins in a season.

NCAA Tournament :: bleedCrimson.net Q&A With The Mountain West Connection

bleedCrimson.net: Xavier Thames is the player most people know about for San Diego State but who else makes this team go?
Matthew Bain/Mountain West Connection: J.J. O'Brien. Looking at the stats, you'd almost wonder why O'Brien starts for SDSU, much less why Steve Fisher labeled him as one of his favorite players of all time. He gets the Aztecs 8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in about 28 minutes per game. But he does so much that doesn't show up on the stats sheet that makes him probably the most important player out on the floor. He's SDSU's best on-ball defender and oftentimes matches up against the opponent's best scorer--and most of the time he shuts them down. For instance, J.J. Avila of Colorado State, whom NMSU fans know all-too-well from his 29-point performance against the Aggies, shot 4-17 for 9 points when the Rams came to Viejas. Why? Because O'Brien guarded him most of the night. O'Brien is also the best switcher on defense, which SDSU does quite often. He makes things happen without ever touching the ball.

bc.net: It looks like Dwayne Polee II has had a very good second half of the season, what’s been the key to his emergence?
MWC: Confidence. Polee played a grand total of zero minutes against Arizona and a whopping six minutes against Kansas. But Polee broke out for 15 points and five rebounds in SDSU's loss at Wyoming, and I think Fisher realized what a lot of fans had thought for a while: this guy can play. He's a feisty defender, with six games with three or more steals. Behind Xavier Thames, Polee is SDSU's most dynamic scorer: in his last five games, Polee has scored 26 from inside the 3-point line, 24 from long range and eight from the free throw line. He's feeling it right now and he immediately gives his teammates that energy when he gets off the bench to the roar of the crowd. Fisher doesn't even see Polee as a bench player anymore, even though he won the MWC Sixth Man of the Year. He told the media at the MWC Tournament that Polee is his "sixth starter."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NCAA Tournament :: New Mexico State Press Conference Quotes

2014 NCAA Tournament :: New Mexico State Press Conference Quotes

Q. To both of you, you've been 13 seeds the last couple years, didn't work out that well. What's different about your team this year? Why do you think you will have more success?
DANIEL MULLINGS: I think that we'll have a little bit more success this year because we got a little bit more experience. We have a couple of guys, a couple returners and a couple guy that's been here, not only last year, but the year before this, as well. So, we have a little bit of experience, a little bit more experience than past years. I think that that could help us and work to our advantage.
SIM BHULLAR: Same thing, last year was a couple guys' first time being here and definitely the experience will help us being in this atmosphere and hopefully, we can go out there and win the game.

Q. Do you guys find more hope in knowing that last year this San Diego squad lost to a 15 seed, Florida Gulf Coast?
SIM BHULLAR: No, we didn't know that, who they lost to last year, but we are confident whoever we play in this tournament. We're playing great basketball right now and I don't see why we can't pull off the upset this year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NCAA Tournament :: San Diego State Press Conference

Q. Winston, as the season went on and you guys kept winning and people kept asking you guys about being surprised. There were times you almost seemed insulted by it. Look, you knew we were going to be good. When though? When did you know, if you could talk about maybe like the open gym periods in the summer and you saw Josh and how good Xavier was and when did you know you were going to be good?
WINSTON SHEPARD: Me, personally, I knew we were going to be good after we lost in the tournament last year. We started back working out. Not too many guys took a break off, myself I went back home over the summer and worked out, but I stayed in touch with my teammates a couple times a day, a couple times a week. They were doing the exact same thing I was doing, working on my game. So, when I got back it was pretty much the same and everybody had just gotten so much better that I knew we were going to be a great team.   Continue Reading This Post >>

San Diego State Press Conference Video

Aggies Earn 13 Seed, Face 4-Seed San Diego State In Spokane

Fresh off of winning heir third consecutive WAC tournament title, the New Mexico State men's basketball team (26-9) learned their seed during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Sunday afternoon. The Aggies were sent to Spokane for the third time in their last five NCAA Tournament trips where they will face 4-seed San Diego State on Thursday, March 20th. The Aztecs (29-4) won the Mountain West regular season title with a 16-2 conference record but fell in the MWC Tournament championship game 64-58 to New Mexico.

It is SDSU's school-record fifth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance while it is the Aggies' third consecutive trip and fourth in five seasons.

The Aztecs average 70.6 points per game and are led by MWC Player of the Year Xavier Thames who averages 16.8 points per game. Sophomore forward Winston Shepard is the only other Aztec averaging double figures in scoring at 12.1 points per game.

The game is the final game of the day in Spokane and will tip off approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Oklahoma/North Dakota State matchup which will tip off at 5:27 p.m. MDT. The game will be televised on truTV and can be seen in Las Cruces on channel 830 (HD) on Comcast, channel 246 (HD) on DirecTV and channels 242 (HD) and 9430 (HD) on Dish Network.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Basketball Loses Legend Sam Lacey

New Mexico State men's basketball legend Sam Lacey passed away on Saturday, March 15th. Lacey played at New Mexico State from 1968-1970 and was a member of the Aggies' 1970 Final Four team. Lacey was named a first team All-American by Basketball News that season and was also named to the Midwest Regional All-Tournament team at the NCAA Tournament. Lacey's team lost in the National Semifinals to eventual champion UCLA but won the third place game

Lacey is the career, season and single game record holder for rebounds. He collected 1,265 rebounds during his three seasons at New Mexico State and he holds the top two single season records for rebounds with 493 during the 1969-70 season and 435 during the 1968-69 season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Daniel Mullings Named WAC Player Of The Year; Mullings, Nephawe, Bhullar, Eldridge Earn All-Conference Honors.

2013-14 WAC Men’s Basketball Postseason Award Winners

All-Conference

First Team
Killian Larson, Sr., C, Grand Canyon
Stephen Madison, Sr., F, Idaho
Daniel Mullings, Jr., G, New Mexico State
Ben Aird, Sr., C, Utah Valley
Holton Hunsaker, Sr., G, Utah Valley

Second Team
Issiah Grayson, Sr., G, Bakersfield
Quinton Pippen, Sr., G/F, Chicago State
Jerome Garrison, Jr., G, Grand Canyon
Tshilidzi Nephawe, Jr., C, New Mexico State
Isiah Umipig, Jr., G, Seattle U

Player of the Year: Daniel Mullings, Jr., G, New Mexico State
Freshman of the Year: Martez Harrison, Fr., G, Kansas City
Don Haskins Coach of the Year: Dick Hunsaker, Utah Valley

All-Defensive Team
Aly Ahmed, Jr., C, Bakersfield
Jerome Garrison, Jr., G, Grand Canyon
Sim Bhullar, So., C, New Mexico State
Daniel Mullings, Jr., G, New Mexico State
Mitch Bruneel, Jr., F, Utah Valley

All-Newcomer Team
Daniel Alexander, Jr., F, Grand Canyon
Martez Harrison, Fr., G, Kansas City
DK Eldridge, Jr., G, New Mexico State
Isiah Umipig, Jr., G, Seattle U
Zach Nelson, Fr., F, Utah Valley

Men's And Women's Brackets Set For WAC Tournament

The New Mexico State men's and women's basketball teams will begin their quests for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament next week at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Due to Grand Canyon University's ineligibility for postseason play due to making the transition from Division II to Division I just eight teams will make the trek to Las Vegas for the tournament.

The Aggie women finished the regular season with a 7-9 record in conference play tying for sixth place. The Aggies earned the 5-seed and will face 4-seed UT Pan American at 3:30 MDT in the second of four quarterfinals to be played on Wednesday. The Aggies and Broncs split the two regular season meetings with each winning on their respective home courts. The Broncs defeated the Aggies 66-61 in Edinburg on January 25th and the Aggies returned the favor winning 83-71 on February 20th.

With a victory the Aggies would face the winner of the game between top seeded Idaho and 8-seed Chicago State.

Aggie men finished with a 12-4 earning the 2-seed and will face 7-seed Seattle at 9:30 p.m. MDT in the final game of the day on Thursday. The Aggies swept the Redhawks winning 96-87 on January 9th and 92-77 on February 8th. With a win the Aggies would advance to the semifinals to face the winner of the 3 vs. 6 matchup between Chicago State and Bakersfield.

All games except the championship game will be streamed online via WAC.tv. Both the men's and women's championship games will be televised on ESPNU.