POSTED: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 9:14pm
UPDATED: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 11:41pm
The New Mexico State men's basketball team fell at Southern Mississippi, 74-66. The Aggies (5-3) made a late comeback but couldn't recover from a slow start.
With his first field goal of the game, redshirt senior forward Wendell McKines became the 28th member of the 1,000-point club at NM State. He finished the game 15 points. Sophomore guard Christian Kabongo led all scorers with 21 points. Senior guard Hernst Laroche was also in double-digits with 12 points.
In the first half, the Aggies committed 13 turnovers, more than in the previous four games and trailed Southern Miss, 40-26, at the break. McKines had a team-high eight points, while Kabongo added seven.
At the end of the first half, the Aggies pulled within nine points, 35-26, following a six-point rally, but the Golden Eagles hit a long 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Aggies played better in the second half and shot 60 percent from the field (15-of-25). NM State cut the deficit to eight, 65-57, at 5:42 with a 10-point rally that started with a 3-pointer from Laroche.
The Aggies have a week off for finals and then head to El Paso, Texas, for the Sonic Battle of I-10 rematch against UTEP, Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.