Aggies Lose To Boise St.

Friday, December 31, 2010 - 11:44pm

The New Mexico State men’s basketball team said goodbye to 2010 with its second WAC game of the season at Boise State, but the Aggies fell to the Broncos, 81-78, in the New Year’s Eve game.

The Aggies moved to 7-9 and 1-1 in the WAC while Boise State is 9-5 and 2-0. NM State had four players in double-figures with junior forward Troy Gillenwater scoring a game-high 24 points. Senior guard Gordo Castillo had 14 points, while sophomore forward Bandja Sy and junior guard Hernst Laroche supplied 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Gillenwater hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Aggies a 45-39 lead going into halftime. He paced the Aggies in the first half with 15 points. Castillo added 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the 3-point line, which tied a season-high mark for the sharpshooter. As a team, NM State was lethal from beyond the arc with an 8-of-12 showing.

The Aggies posted a 69.6 field goal percentage (16-for-23) in the first 20 minutes of action, and Sy contributed nine points.

NM State had a strong start to the game and made its first three shots of the game. The Aggies raced to an 8-1 lead less than three minutes into the game after a pair of free throws from sophomore forward Tyrone Watson.

The Crimson and White extended the lead to nine, 18-9, at the 11:49 mark after Gillenwater hit a jumper. The Aggies controlled the lead until Boise State tied the game at 26-26 with 5:04 left in the first half. NM State responded with four consecutive 3-pointers and a fast break dunk from Sy to take a 10-point lead, 40-30, at the 2:23 mark.

The Aggies’ advantage was relinquished at the 4:06 mark when Boise State hit a 3-pointer to take its first lead of the game, 68-67. NM State went on to tie the game twice but couldn’t regain the lead.

NM State returns to Las Cruces to host Fresno State, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. in the WAC home opener.

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