The Daily Aggie :: 03/18/14

Here are a few links to read in preparation for the Aggies' NCAA Tournament game on Thursday against San Diego State:

Jason Groves, Las Cruces Sun-News: 2014 NCAA TOURNAMENT: New Mexico State, San Diego State each looking for next step

Jason Groves, Las Cruces Sun-News: New Mexico State guard Ross-Miller will not play in NCAAs

Bernie Wilson, 7-5 Aggies centre Bhullar stands in SDSU’s way

Mark Ziegler, San Diego Union Tribune: Bhullar goes from novelty to hoops force

Terence Chin, The Daily Aztec: Aztecs end remarkable regular season, begin postseason against New Mexico State

Jeremy Mauss, Mountain West Connection, Campus Insiders breaks down San Diego State (video)

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 >>

Aggies Rout Idaho, Win Third Consecutive WAC Tournament Title

(Photo Credit: Bill Harty)

The New Mexico State men's basketball team routed Idaho by 22 points to secure their third consecutive WAC Tournament title becoming the first team to win three straight WAC Tournament titles. Sophomore center Sim Bhullar finished with 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists and a block and was named WAC Tournament MVP. Daniel Mullings finished with a game-high 18 points and had eight rebounds and four assists and was also named to the All-Tournament Team.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Drops Both Games Of Doubleheader With UC Davis

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DAVIS, CA - The New Mexico State baseball team mustard just one-run on the day against UC Davis, falling in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies lost to UC Davis, 5-1 and 4-0. NM State is now 8-11 on the season, while UC Davis improves to 11-9 on the year.

As a team, the Aggies combined to score just one run on 12 hits in both games, while the Aggie pitching staff gave up nine runs on 16 hits, striking out nine UC Davis batters.

In game one, the Aggies had just five hits, scoring one run. Umphres and Noyer led the Aggies will two hits each, as Umphres was 2-of-5 with an RBI, while Noyer went 2-for-4 at the plate, scoring the lone Aggie run. Paulson recorded the only other Aggie hit in the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Softball Stopped By Colorado State And Fresno State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

FRESNO, CA - New Mexico State softball team fell in two separate games on Saturday, March 15. First NM State suffered a 6-2 loss to Colorado State before ending the day with a 6-4 loss to Fresno State at the Fresno State Classic. NM State moves to 17-13 this season.

Junior Lacey Rother ended the day 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBI that included a double to right field against the Bulldogs. NM State tallied seven hits in that game and six against the Rams.

Senior right-hander Celisha Walker took the loss in the first game of the day after hurling four complete innings and giving up the six runs for the Rams. In the second game of the day, sophomores Makayla McAdams and Karysta Donisthorpe each threw three innings and gave up three runs, but McAdams took the loss, just her second this season, to move to 6-2 on the year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Rally For Second Straight Night, Advance To WAC Championship Game

For the second straight night the New Mexico State men's basketball team trailed at halftime and for the second straight night the Aggies rallied for the win. Trailing Bakersfield by 35-26 at halfime, the Aggies started the half on a 12-5 run to cut the deficit to just two. After going away from their inside play in the first half, the Aggies' first six baskets of the second half came around the rim before a three pointer from Ian Baker, one of two on the night for the freshman, made the game 43-41 with 13:41 left to play. A Daniel Mullings layup tied the game at 43 but the Roadrunners would extend their lead back out to five at 50-45 with 9:22 remaining.

A 9-2 run by the Aggies gave them a 54-52 lead, their first lead since leading 16-14 with 10:46 remaining in the first half. A steal and dunk by Daniel Mullings gave the Aggies a 56-52 lead with 5:01 left to play but just over a minute later a free throw and a three pointer tied the game at 56. Ian Baker would knock down his second three of the game to give the Aggies a 59-56 lead then a DK Eldridge jumper with two seconds left on the shot clock gave the Aggies a 61-56 lead with 2:33 left in the game. The Aggies would stretch the lead to nine points on another steal and layup from Daniel Mullings. On the ensuing possession, Mullings would be whistled for a flagrant two deadball foul and would be ejected from the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Hoops Ends Season With Semifinals Loss To Top-Seed Idaho

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Defeats UC Davis, 6-4

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DAVIS, CA - The New Mexico State baseball team opened a four-game series Friday afternoon, with a 6-4 win over UC Davis at Dobbins Stadium on the UC Davis campus. The Aggies are now 8-9 on the season, while UC Davis falls to 8-9 on the year.

The win breaks the Aggies’ four-game losing streak, pulling them one game within .500. As a team, the Aggies were out hit by UC Davis, 10-to-13 but were able to cross home plate two more times than their opponent.

"We got an outstanding performance from Chris Bradley today," head coach Rocky Ward said. "He had his best command of the year walking only one. It was good to see Chris get his first win of the year so close to his home town. Today was a good team effort by our offense. We executed the game well throughout the lineup."   Continue Reading This Post >>