LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Feb. 5)- The New Mexico State men’s basketball team hosts Louisiana Tech, Monday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. The game is available on KGRT 104 FM with the ‘Voice of the Aggies’ Jack Nixon calling the action and the pregame show starts 30 minutes prior to tip. The contest is available in Spanish on Vista 98.7 FM with Martin Cortez. The game is available on AggieVision, which is shown across New Mexico on Comcast stations, ESPN Full Court and ESPN3.com. The contest is taped delayed in Las Cruces (channel 4) until 11 p.m. and Fox Sports-Arizona, Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.
New Mexico State Aggies
The Aggies moved to 12-12 and 6-4 in the WAC following an 88-83 overtime loss at Fresno State, Jan. 3. Junior forward Troy Gillenwater leads NM State with a team-high 20.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Junior guard Hernst Laroche is averaging 11.5 points and 4.7 assists per contest. The Aggies have won 11 consecutive WAC home games.
Scouting Louisiana Tech
The Bulldogs are 11-13 overall and 2-8 in the WAC after a 72-64 loss at Fresno State, Feb. 5. Senior guard DeAndre Brown has a team-best 16.0 points per game, while junior guard/forward Olu Ashaolu adds 14.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest. The Bulldogs are without sophomore guard Brandon Gibson, who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
The Aggies have a 10-3 lead in the all-time series after sweeping the series with Louisiana Tech. NM State has a 7-0 record against the Bulldogs in Las Cruces.
Guard Hernst Laroche hit a jumper from the free throw line with 1.1 seconds left to lift NM State to a 70-68 victory over Louisiana Tech, Feb. 8, 2010, at the Pan American Center. With the game tied at 68-68, guard Jahmar Young missed a jumper from the top of the key, but the rebound found its way to Laroche, who hit a 15-footer from straight away. Young led the Aggies with 20 points and forward Troy Gillenwater added 19.
Aggies Fall in Overtime at Fresno State, 88-83
In the third overtime game of the season, the Aggies lost at Fresno State, 88-83, Feb. 3. Junior forward Troy Gillenwater scored a game-high 33 points in the second overtime contest in the last three games. Sophomore forward Tyrone Watson supplied 14 points and junior guard Hernst Laroche and freshman guard Christian Kabongo provided 10 points each.
Gillenwater Shoots and Scores
Junior forward Troy Gillenwater is leading the team in scoring and rebounding with 20.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. In WAC games, he has increased that production to 22.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. He has 11 games over 20 points this year and 14 in his career. Gillenwater set a career high with 34 points in the overtime win against Boise State, 96-87, Jan. 27. He has now surpassed the 30-point plateau four this year and has recorded four double-doubles in 2010-11.
A Floor General
Junior guard Hernst Laroche continues his command at the point for the Aggies in 2010-11 with a team-high 113 assists and 54 steals. He also ranks second in scoring with 11.5 points per game. Laroche has 377 career assists and ranks third on the all-time list at NM State. He is only three assists shy of second place.
Career Leaders in Assists
1. Sam Crawford-592
2. Keith Hill-379
3. Hernst Laroche-377
4. Ernest Patterson-371
5. Steve Colter-347
Rahman Climbs the Ladder
Junior center Hamidu Rahman currently has 96 career blocked shots. He has surpassed Sam Lacey for the No. 5 spot on the Aggie all-time list.
Career Leaders in Blocked Shots
1. James Moore-200
2. Slab Jones-124
3. Charles Goza-116
4. Johnny Roberson-98
5. Hamidu Rahman-96
6. Sam Lacey-92
7. Martin Iti-82
The Aggies travel to Ruston, La., to face Louisiana Tech, Saturday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.