Men's Basketball Game Recaps

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Men's Basketball Game Recaps

NMSU Men's Basketball Downs Bakersfield 73-62

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team woke up in the second-half of the game and outscored CSU Bakersfield 51-33 to complete the 73-62 come from behind victory over the Runners Saturday evening in the Pan American Center.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Stuns Grand Canyon With Buzzer Beater


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NMSU Men's Basketball Falls 82-76 To Cal Baptist In WAC Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

RIVERSIDE, CA - A frantic comeback by the New Mexico State men’s basketball team late in the game was not quite enough as the Aggies dropped the Western Athletic Conference opener to California Baptist on the road 82-76 Thursday night at the CBU Events Center.

The Aggies had yet another slow start to the game, going down 7-0 early on against California Baptist before JoJo Zamora found the bottom of the basket for NM State 2:23 into the game.

After a 14-0 run by CBU, the Aggies (11-4, 0-1 WAC) were forced to call a timeout to stop the Lancer run that put New Mexico State down 28-11 with 7:18 on the clock in the first half.

Zamora finally put an end to that when he hit a floater to end the 14-0 run and started an 11-0 spurt for the Aggies to get within 30-22 of CBU (9-5, 1-0 WAC) at the 3:45 mark. During that run for NM State, Terrell Brown had six of those points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Cruses Past Colorado State 88-68

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

FT. COLLINS, CO - Behind a career-high game from C.J. Bobbitt, the New Mexico State men's basketball team cruised to an 88-68 victory over Colorado State Sunday afternoon at Moby Arena.

With the win, NM State is now 3-0 against Mountain West teams for the second-straight year and heads into Western Athletic Conference play with an 11-3 overall record. It was also NM State's first win at Moby Arena in five tries moving its record against CSU to 3-5 and 1-4 when playing in Ft. Collins.

Another slow start for the Aggies had them trailing Colorado State 16-11 at the 12-minute media break. However, that sluggish start turned into offensive production in the latter part of the half thanks to C.J. Bobbitt – who finished the first-half with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Downs Washington State 75-72

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - With 1.9 seconds left on the clock, JoJo Zamora drilled a corner three by the Aggie bench and gave the New Mexico State men’s basketball team a thrilling 75-72 victory over Washington State Sunday evening at Orleans Arena to conclude the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.

With the win, the Aggies became just the fourth team since 2002 to beat three different teams twice in a single-season during non-conference play and go 6-0. Other teams include, Jackson State (2003), NM State (2003) and CSU Fullerton (2008).

Zamora finished with a game-high 28 points on 9-of-11 shooting, including a 6-of-8 night from 3-point range on top of his seven assists, four rebounds and two steals. The 28 points and seven assists is a new season-high for the senior. He was also named to the All-Tournament team after his explosive performance Sunday night.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Falls Against Drake At Las Vegas Classic

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - Despite a late push in the waning minutes of the game, the comeback fell just short for the New Mexico State men’s basketball team Saturday evening at Orleans Arena against Drake 66-63 in the third game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.

A slow start by the Aggies (9-3) coupled by a hot-start by Drake saw the Aggies trail 11-5 early in the game. However, the Aggies would find their rhythm on the offensive end and get within 18-15 of the Bulldogs thanks to a three-ball from AJ Harris followed by a put-back from Eli Chuha before the 10:42 media break.

Turnovers coupled with Drake’s consistent shooting in the first half saw the deficit get bigger for NM State heading at the under-eight media break, 25-17.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Routs CSU Northridge

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men's basketball team wrapped up the 2018 home slate with a bang Wednesday night in the Pan American Center with a 92-57 routing of CSUN. The win also completed the campus site round of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.

"Just what the doctor ordered," Aggie head coach Chris Jans said in his opening statement. "You know after our last outing against Northern Colorado, we didn't play very well in the second half. I was hopeful that we'd play better today and we did. Had a little turnover game, only gave up 4 offensive rebounds, the ball went into the net at a better rate then it had been so it's just what we needed heading into this tournament."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Northern Colorado 74-62

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

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

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

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 >>

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

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

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 >>