The New Mexico State men's basketball team returns to the road with a pair of WAC games. The Aggies face San Jose State, Thursday, Jan. 19 at 8:30 p.m. in San Jose, Calif. and then travel to Hawai'i, Saturday, Jan. 21 at 10 p.m. in Honolulu, Hawaii. The games are available on KGRT 104 FM with the 'Voice of the Aggies' Jack Nixon, and the pregame show starts 30 minutes prior to tip.
New Mexico State Aggies
The Aggies are 13-5 this season and 3-0 in the WAC following an 80-68 win over Idaho, Jan. 14. NM State has two players in double figures with redshirt senior Wendell McKines leading the way with 18.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, and senior guard Hernst Laroche provides 11.9 points per game.
Scouting San Jose State
The Spartans are 6-11 and 0-3 in the WAC after three conference road games. San Jose State fell at Fresno State, 82-73, Jan. 14. Junior guard James Kinney has a team-high 16.4 points per game. Sophomore guard Keith Shamburger adds 14.2 points per game, while senior forward Wil Carter contributes 10.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.
The Aggies have a 30-12 lead in the all-time series. The teams split the season series last year with each team winning at home. The Aggies won the first meeting, 78-53, Jan. 15, 2011, in Las Cruces but fell in overtime in San Jose, 72-70, Feb. 23, 2011.
The Aggies suffered a 72-70 overtime loss at San Jose State, Feb. 23, which was the fourth overtime game of the year. NM State had four players in double-figures with forward Troy Gillenwater posting a team-high 18 points. Forward Tyrone Watson and guard Christian Kabongo supplied 11 each. Forward/center B.J. West scored a career-high 10 points, and guard Hernst Laroche recorded nine points and a season-high nine assists.
The Rainbow Warriors are 10-7 overall and 2-1 in the conference after splitting its first WAC road series. Hawai'i fell to Nevada, 77-74, Jan. 14 in Reno, Nev. The Rainbow Warriors have three players in double digits with senior guard Zane Johnson leading the way with 15.1 points per game. Junior center Vander Joaquim adds 13.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, while junior forward Joston Thomas supplies 12.4 points per contest.
The Aggies have a 12-3 advantage in the all-time series. The teams split the two meetings last year with each team winning at home. NM State won the first game, 82-64, Jan. 13, 2011, in Las Cruces but lost, 76-70, Feb. 26, 2011 in Honolulu.