Ivan Aurrecoechea Named WAC Basketball Player Of The Week

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DENVER, CO – A breakout week on the hardwood floor saw New Mexico State forward Ivan Aurrecoechea named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday the league announced.

This is the first weekly honor since joining the Aggies for Aurrecoechea and the first weekly honor for NM State this season.

Aurrecoechea had a breakout game against Battle of I-25 rival, pounding the paint for 23 points and 11 rebounds for his first-career double-double at the Division I level in just 14:30 minutes of action. The Spaniard was efficient around the rim for NM State, going 6-of-7 from the floor to go along with his 11-of-15 night at the line.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Hangs Tough In 63-60 Loss To No. 2 Kansas

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KANSAS CITY, MO - The New Mexico State men's basketball team went toe-to-toe with No. 2 Kansas Saturday night at the Sprint Center on national television before dropping a thrilling 63-60 game.

After going down 12-2, a 9-2 run by the Aggies thanks to a couple 3-pointers from C.J. Bobbitt and JoJo Zamora brought New Mexico State (7-2) within 14-11 of the Jayhawks with 11:39 left in the first half. That KU lead got cut to 14-13 right out of the timeout when Eli Chuha found a cutting Terrell Brown down the far baseline.

Kansas (8-0) answered right back and went on a 7-0 run that was matched by the Aggies – which forced a KU timeout after Zamora drained his second triple to bring NM State within 21-20 of the Jayhawks with 6:09 left in the half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jamin Smith Named 2018 Pervis Atkins Spirit Award Recipient

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head football coach Doug Martin named senior offensive lineman Jamin Smith the winner of the fifth annual Pervis Atkins Spirit Award on Wednesday. The award was created to honor former NM State great and College Football Hall of Famer Pervis Atkins, who played for the 1960 undefeated Aggies.

This award was created by Charlie Rogers, a close friend of the Atkins' family, and his former New Mexico State teammates. The 2017 award recipients were selected by Martin and his coaching staff based on the characteristics that Atkins exemplified while he was an Aggie, including leadership and being a champion on and off the field.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Routs Rival New Mexico 100-65 To Sweep Season Series

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Backed by the play of JoJo Zamora, Ivan Aurrecoechea and Eli Chuha, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team throttled Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico at home 100-65 Tuesday night in the Pan American Center.

The win moves Aggie head coach Chris Jans to 8-0 in his career against rivals and became the first head coach in NM State history to sweep both UNM and UTEP in back-to-back seasons in his first two years at the helm. Jerry Hines is the only coach in Aggie history to sweep both rivals in back-to-back season (1936-38, 1937-39).

New Mexico State’s (7-1) win also ties the program record for the third-longest win-streak against Battle of I-25 rival at five-straight (1954-56). The 35-point victory is also the third-highest margin of victory for NM State and the first 30-plus point margin of victory since the 103-73 victory at home on Dec. 5, 2006.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls At UNM

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team dropped an 83-58 decision at New Mexico in the Battle of I-25 on Saturday afternoon.

NM State (4-2) got on the board first with a layup from Adenike Aderinto and led 7-4 with 7:25 to go in the first thanks to another Aderinto lay-in and a three from Gia Pack. However, the Lobos (5-1) got hot from three and closed out the quarter on a 24-5 run to take a 28-12 at the end of the period. New Mexico finished the first quarter 5-12 from three.

The Aggies defended the three much better in second quarter, allowing just one three on seven attempts, but UNM began attacking the rim effectively, including 13 second quarter points from Aisia Robertson. New Mexico State headed into the half trailing 45-25. Pack led all scorers at halftime with 15 while Aderinto added six.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Ends Season With Loss Against No. 15 Oregon

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EUGENE, OR - New Mexico State volleyball took on No. 15-seeded Oregon at Matthew Knight Arena as a part of the first round for the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. Despite taking a set from the Ducks, the Aggies fell 22-25, 25-18, 21-25, 11-25 ending the team's postseason run.

"First, I want to congratulate Oregon on the win. I thought they played a good match and obviously they are very talented," head coach Mike Jordan said. "It was a great battle for a long time. I enjoyed it and I think our players did too. Up until [the last set] we were in control for long stretches of time. We had a few more kills than they did and we dug the ball really well. I'm never happy with losses but I thought we played exceptional volleyball at times. I am very proud of this team."

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NMSU Men's Basketball Holds Off UTEP 62-58 To Sweep Season Series

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EL PASO, TX - Defense lifted the New Mexico State men’s basketball team Wednesday night at the Don Haskins Center over Battle of I-10 rival UTEP for its ninth-consecutive victory over the Miners.

The win also made Aggie head coach Chris Jans just one of two head coaches to sweep UTEP in their first two seasons at the helm – joining Lou Henson (1966-68). The last time NM State won nine-straight games against UTEP started on Feb. 1, 1967 went through Dec. 12, 1970 for 10-straight.

"I knew this was going to be hard," Jans said post sweep. "Coming over here, rivalry game, a proud program, coaches are doing a good job, players have bought in. We expected kind of what we got. I was curious to see how we would be. I was curious what our mindset was and I thought it was really good."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Draws No. 15 National Seed Oregon In NCAA Tournament

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The New Mexico State volleyball team is traveling to Eugene, Ore. for the NCAA tournament, as announced by the NCAA on Sunday night. The Western Athletic Conference tournament champions take on No. 15 Oregon on Nov. 29, at 8 p.m. MT from Matthew Knight Arena.

Joining NM State (24-7) are Baylor (19-8) and Hawaii (18-8), who are set to face off in a contest prior to the Aggies match with the Ducks (20-10).

New Mexico State is set to face a program from the PAC-12 for a fourth time this season. The Aggies took on Arizona State and Arizona on the road and picked up a win against the Wildcats at the Pan American Center earlier this season. Fans can view the match on through an online live stream.

NMSU Volleyball Claims WAC Title

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BAKERSFIELD, CA - New Mexico State volleyball faced Utah Valley in the championship match of the 2018 Western Athletic Conference tournament at the Icardo Center on Saturday night. The Aggies trounced the Wolverines 19-25, 28-26, 25-20, 25-17 to earn the WAC tournament title.

"I'm just really proud of this team. I didn't know what to expect. I knew it would be hard replacing five seniors, all the injuries we've had, and having the young talent on the floor that hadn't been tested prior," head coach Mike Jordan said. "We got tougher and better at some things. Any time you get a chance to dancing, you have to cherish it."

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Three Aggies Named To All-WAC Volleyball Teams

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BAKERSFIELD, CA - The Western Athletic Conference announced its All-WAC teams on Wednesday night. New Mexico State’s Tatyana Battle and Megan Hart were named to the first team while Savannah Davison was named to the all-freshmen squad.

Battle received All-WAC First Team honors for the third time in her career. The senior ranked fourth in the conference for kills (3.62) and points (4.11) while also placing 10th in digs (3.11). She was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Week earlier this season after helping the Aggies to a 5-0 week that included the programs first win over Arizona.  Continue Reading This Post >>