NMSU Aggies Return Home From NCAA Tournament
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men's basketball team returned to Las Cruces Friday afternoon, greeted by dozens of fans cheering them on for a great season.
The NMSU Aggies lost to the Indiana Hoosiers Thursday night, eliminating them from the NCAA Tournament. Fans welcoming the team back home, said they were happy with the team's performance on the national stage.
"I kept thinking they were going to pull it out, but I think they did they're best and we're really proud," said Navora Richardson.
For Aggie seniors Hamidu Rahman, Wendell McKines, and Hernst Laroche, Thursday night's game in Portland was the last of their Aggie careers.
"Definitely bittersweet," said Wendell McKines. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to the next chapter of my life, but one thing is for sure, I'm going to miss it here."
McKines thanked the Aggie fans and credits the sense of family at the university and Las Cruces for helping him decide to commit to NMSU.
Even with losing three seniors, fans remain optimistic for the future.
"We got some good returnees and we have some new players that are supposed to be very good," said Peggy Bogart.
Having been to the tournament twice in the last three years, Aggie fans are taking notice of the team's success.
"This town is figuring out they have a special program here, that's doing things the right way, and is just moving in the right direction," said Head Coach Marvin Menzies.
Menzies said he plans on giving the team a week off, then it's back to work.