All-Conference Teams Selected, Rose III Named Offensive Student-Athlete Of The Year

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - NM State football’s Larry Rose III has been named the Offensive Student-Athlete of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Sun Belt Conference First Team, the league office announced Wednesday. In addition, Terrill Hanks was selected for the All-Newcomer Team and Tyrian Taylor, Isaiah Folasa, Anthony McMeans and Stody Bradley received Honorable Mentions.

The head coach of each conference school, as well as one media representative from each institution, voted on the All-Sun Belt Teams and the Student-Athletes of the Year. Rose III is the first Aggie to earn Offensive Student-Athlete of the Year since Denvis Manns was named the Big West Offensive Most-Valuable Player in 1998. Prior to Manns, David Sprigs was named Missouri Valley Offensive Player of the Year in 1978.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Gwen Murphy Named To AVCA All-Midwest Region Team

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LEXINGTON, KY - NM State senior Gwen Murphy has been named to the 2015 All-Midwest Region team, announced today by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

The WAC Player of the Year and WAC Tournament MVP, Murphy averaged 3.29 kills on .421 hitting, 0.83 blocks and 0.67 digs per set. A three-time WAC Player of the Week during the season, she was named AVCA National Player of the Week for Aug. 24-30, becoming the first Aggie ever to earn the honor. Murphy also broke the WAC record for hitting percentage in a match when she finished with 14 kills on 15 attempts and no errors for a .933 hitting percentage against Robert Morris. The previous record was .889.

Those named to the all-region teams are now eligible for All-America honors, which will be announced next week during the AVCA Convention.

Aggie Men's Basketball Falls At Long Beach State 67-53

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LONG BEACH, CA - The New Mexico State Aggies had its worst shooting game of the season as the Aggies fell for the second time on the road with a 67-53 loss to Long Beach State at Walter Pyramid.

NM State (5-3) shot just 33 percent from the floor, hitting 18-of-54 from the field. Long Beach State (5-4) connected on 43 percent from the field, but it was the 49ers 56 percent from the 3-point arc that did in the Aggies. LBSU canned 14-of-25 shots from beyond the arc.

"Long Beach State played like a top 25 team tonight," said NM State Coach Marvin Menzies. "They just shot the heck out of the ball and they did a great job. We had so many shots right at the basket that normally go down that came out. We also didn't do a very good job taking care of the ball and then it was too big of a mountain to get over."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Drops Season Finale At UL Monroe, 42-35

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MONROE, LA - Andrew Allen had his second 300-yard passing game of the season as the NM State football team fell 42-35 to the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) on Saturday night at JPS Field at Malone Stadium.

Allen completed 23-of-36 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns. Eight of those passes were to Teldrick Morgan, who amassed 101 yards. Jacob Nwangwa led the NM State (3-9, 3-5 SBC) defensive efforts with nine tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss.

Earnest Carrington led the Warhawks (2-11, 1-7 SBC) as he went 5-15 for 143 yards and two touchdowns, while Brian Williams completed 4-of-8 passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns.

DeMarcus Owens grabbed his first career interception to set up the Aggies’ first touchdown of the game. Following the turnover, Larry Rose III used two carries to gain 23-yards as the visiting team took a 7-0 advantage.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Drops Rivalry Game To UTEP 71-65

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A pair of free-throws from Sasha Weber brought New Mexico State within 67-65 with 24 seconds to go, but a missed long-ball followed by a layup and two free-throws from UTEP saw the Aggies dropped a 71-65 decision to the Miners on Saturday at the Pan American Center in the Battle of I-10.

It was the first loss seen by the Aggie (6-2) women on their home floor since Nov. 29 of last year, snapping a 17-game winning-streak at home. The 17-straight victories at home is the third-longest in program history behind the squads from 1992-94, who won 18 in a row.

Trailing 50-44 heading into the final 10 minutes of play, NM State and UTEP (7-0) exchanged baskets to start the fourth quarter until a timely long-ball from Shanice Davis and layup from Tamera William cut the Miner lead to 59-58 with 4:59 left to play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Ends Season With 3-0 Loss Against Stanford In NCAA Tournament

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PALO ALTO, CA - NM State fell in three sets to No. 6 Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night at the Maples Pavilion.

The Cardinal took the match in a 20-25, 13-25, 17-25 decision.

As was the case this entire season, All-America candidate Gwen Murphy put on a stellar performance. The Elfrida, Ariz./Valley Union HS native racked up nine kills, three service aces and a block in her final match in the Crimson and White. Murphy finished her senior season averaging 3.29 kills per set, .024 aces per set and 0.83 blocks per set.

The Cardinal had three players with double digit kills. Hayley Hodson and Merete Lutz both registered 13 kills. Brittany Howard had 12 kills.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Downs UTEP 72-59

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies jumped out to an early 10-point lead, then used a historical performance by super sophomore Pascal Siakam to take the first game of the I-10 Rivalry, beating UTEP 73-59 at the Pan American Center on Wednesday night.

The Aggies (5-2) scored the first 10 points of the game, extending it to a 15-2 run over the first five minutes to hand the Miners (6-1) their first loss of the season.

Siakam, who scored the first points of the game on a put-back layup, led all scorers with 24 points and a career-high 23 rebounds, his sixth double-double of the season. The 23 rebounds rank seventh in a single game in NM State history and are the most since Chris Jackson grabbed 23 at North Texas on Feb. 1, 2003.

It was also the most boards by a Western Athletic Conference player since Louisiana Tech's Paul Millsap pulled down 28 against San Jose State on Feb. 15, 2006.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Falls At Arizona 68-64

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TUCSON, AZ - The NM State women’s basketball team couldn’t hang on to its lead late in the second half and suffered its first loss of the season against Arizona Wednesday night, 68-64, at the McKale Center.

The loss moves NM State to 6-1 on the year, matching the 2007-08 with a 6-0 start to the year.

Despite shooting .478 from the floor in the second-half and a career-high 20-point effort from Tamera William, it was second-chance points that doomed the Aggies. Arizona (5-1) turned an 11-5 edge on the offensive boards into 16 points compared to the Aggies two.

The Aggie defense gave NM State an early 13-0 lead and held the Wildcats scoreless until the 3:54 mark when Dejza James made the backend of her two free throws. Malena Washington gave the Wildcats their first field goal on the next possession.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/30/15 Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/30/15 The team found out their destination and opponent on Sunday, give me your initial thoughts on facing No. 8 Stanford?
Mike Jordan: Well, the first thing that I think that needs to be said is that I’m not happy, and it’s not just me, it’s many of the coaches in our sport who are not happy with the way that they select and seed and place teams in the tournament. When you look at what we’ve done this year, you can easily make a case that we’re every bit as good as Colorado State. Our results against common opponents are actually a little bit better and the same with Loyola Marymount, both very, very good teams. But we wind up playing Stanford in the first round because of our RPI number and because of geographically based selection choices. If you seeded this team 1 to 64 and you got rid of the RPI which was never meant to rank teams, it was only meant to group them. It’s been proven to be faulty and it’s easily manipulated by many conferences, ours is not one of them unfortunately. If you threw out the RPI you could easily make the case that we’re somewhere in the middle of the pack in this tournament. Yet, we wind up playing the 8th seeded team. That’s frustrating. All the work that we’ve done over the course of the season should be rewarded and yet in a couple of brackets you’ve got a couple of teams that barely got in who are playing each other with a chance to win an NCAA Tournament game and that frustrates me. That aside, the opportunity to play Stanford at Stanford is a great opportunity and it’s an opportunity to showcase ourselves a little bit. They’re a great team. It’ll be a great environment and those things in and of itself are a reward and I know the players are happy about the opportunity. Going back to the RPI and the selection process, obviously coaches know the RPI is weighted a lot heavier that what you’d like and you in particular have done what you can from a scheduling standpoint to counteract that. This is to specifically address people who might think that your low RPI number is based on you playing a weak schedule, you look at your schedule this year and you played against seven teams that are in this year’s field. You’ve done what you can.
MJ: That’s the frustrating part. This flawed system is weighted so heavily to conferences that have the ability to manipulate the RPI. Our conference, even before Hawai’i and everybody left, our conference often times hurt us. I’ve talked about this before but in 2006 at the end of the non-conference season our RPI was 16th because of what we’d done and we went 15-1 and split with Hawai’i and our RPI fell all the way down to 33. We still got in because it’s still a good RPI but we went 15-1 and split with Hawai’i and dropped almost 20 spots. It’s frustrating because once non-conference play is over we really don’t have the opportunity to improve ourselves (in RPI), we can only go down, even if we win a ton. If you have one bad night against the 120th team in the RPI like Bakersfield or Seattle who are decent teams, you drop even more. It’s a no-win situation for us right now and it’s very frustrating. But you’re right, we did everything we could. We can’t control a large portion of our schedule and that’s just the way it is.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pascal Siakam Named WAC Men's Basketball Player Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - NM State sophomore forward Pascal Siakam has been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 23-29. This is his third WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and the fifth of his career.  Continue Reading This Post >>