The New Mexico State men’s basketball team takes a break from WAC play to host Northern Colorado, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the ESPNU BracketBuster. 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 live across New Mexico on Comcast stations, ESPN Full Court, ESPN3.com, Altitude 2 and Fox Sports-Arizona including in New Mexico. The contest is taped delayed in Las Cruces (channel 4) until 11 p.m.
The Aggies improved to 14-12 and 8-4 in the WAC after sweeping the series with Louisiana Tech with a 50-49 win in Ruston, La., Feb. 12. Junior forward Troy Gillenwater leads NM State with a team-high 20.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Junior guard Hernst Laroche is averaging 11.4 points and 4.7 assists per contest.
The Bears are 14-10 and 10-3 in the Big Sky Conference following a 55-42 loss at Montana, Feb. 12. Redshirt senior guard Devon Beitzel posts a team-high 19.8 points per game.
The Bears have a 2-0 lead in the all-time series but the teams haven’t met since the 1941-42 season. Northern Colorado won both previous games, 36-31 in overtime, Dec. 18, 1941, and 35-30, Dec. 19, 1941, in Las Cruces.
NM State escaped Louisiana Tech with a 50-49 victory to record its second WAC road win of the year after junior guard Hernst Laroche made two free throws with 12.2 seconds remaining in regulation. Junior center Hamidu Rahman led the Aggies with a team-high 14 points.
The Aggies are 5-0 in BracketBuster games. Last season, NM State outlasted Pacific, 84-78, Feb. 20, 2010, in Stockton, Calif. The Aggies defeated Cal State Fullerton, 94-86, Feb. 21, 2009, after it crushed Long Beach State, 80-48, Feb. 23, 2008. The Aggies edged Ohio, 77-72, Feb. 17, 2007. In its first road game, NM State beat Pacific in overtime, 79-69, Feb. 18, 2006, in Stockton, Calif.