NMSU Swimming And Diving Sweeps Weekly WAC Awards

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DENVER, CO - The New Mexico State swimming and diving team swept the Western Athletic Conference weekly awards with Reagan Nentwich taking home swimmer of the week and MacKinna Hauff diver of the week after dominant performances at the Lancer Invitational.

Nentwich, a junior from San Antonio, Texas, won three individual events while also winning the 200 and 400 Medley relays. Nentwich dominated the Fly events as she picked up wins the 50 Fly (24.71) and 100 Fly (55.25). She also placed first in the 100 back with a time of 56.46.

“It is nice for Reagan to have some recognition for the hard work she is putting into her swimming,” said head coach Rick Pratt. “She is taking her racing to another level, and at the same time being a great leader for our group.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Northern Colorado 74-62

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Led by Ivan Aurrecoechea and Eli Chuha, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team gets back on the win column Monday night with a 74-62 victory over Northern Colorado in the opening game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic in the Pan American Center.

The first-half started with both teams exchanging buckets, but it didn’t take long before a 12-3 run by the Aggies (8-2) had them leading 20-8 right after the 11:26 media break on a bucket from Chuha in the paint.

Eight turnovers by NM State within a 5:39 span saw Northern Colorado (6-3) cut the lead down to 20-16 with 7:31 left in the first half. However, a 21-8 offensive blitz by the Aggies led by Chuha’s 10 points and Aurrecoechea’s nine points had New Mexico State take a 41-24 lead into the break.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls To New Mexico 75-50

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State women’s basketball dropped a 75-50 decision in the Battle of I-25 on Saturday afternoon in the Pan American Center.

After New Mexico notched the game’s opening bucket, NM State went on a 9-0 run including back-to-back threes from Monique Mill and Brooke Salas to take a 9-2 lead with 7:24 in the first. The Aggies then got buckets from Baylee Robinson, Dominique Mills and Rodrea Echols to take a 15-10 lead after one quarter.

The second quarter started with an 8-2 Lobo run that saw them take an 18-17 lead heading into the media timeout. Then, NM State got back in the lead at 22-18 after five straight points from Brooke Salas. However, New Mexico closed the half on a 12-5 run for a 31-27 halftime lead. Salas led all scorers at the half with 14 points and added seven boards. The Aggie defense held UNM to just 30.2 percent (13-43) shooting from the floor in the half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>