Aggies return to the road to face Seattle Thursday

Aggies return to the road to face Seattle Thursday

POSTED: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 2:32pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 2:36pm

The New Mexico State men's basketball team continues WAC play on the road at Seattle, Thursday, Jan. 10 in Seattle, Wash., at 8 p.m. and Idaho, Saturday, Jan. 12 in Moscow, Idaho at 8 p.m. The games can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network and KGRT 104 FM in Las Cruces with the 'Voice of the Aggies' Jack Nixon, and the pregame show starts 30 minutes prior to tip. Thursday's game at Seattle is shown on ROOT Sports.

New Mexico State Aggies
The Aggies are 8-8 and 2-2 in the WAC after a 78-67 win over Texas State, Jan. 5. Sophomore guard Daniel Mullings is leading the team with 15.1 points per game. Both senior forward Tyrone Watson and freshman center Sim Bhullar are contributing 9.8 points per contest.

Scouting Seattle
The Redhawks are 5-8 overall and 0-3 in the WAC after falling at San Jose State, 76-71, Jan. 5. Seattle has two players in double figures with redshirt freshman forward Deshaun Sundershaus posting a team-high 11.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Redshirt junior forward Clarence Trent supplies 10.5 points per game.

Series Notes
The Aggies and Redhawks are tied 1-1 in the all-time series. The teams haven't played since the 1970-71 season with each team winning at home.

Scouting Idaho
The Vandals have a 6-7 overall record and 2-1 conference record after suffering their first league loss at Utah State, 82-75, in overtime, Jan. 5. Idaho hosts Denver, Jan. 10, before meeting the Aggies. Senior center Kyle Barone leads Idaho with 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Junior forward Stephen Madison and sophomore guard Connor Hill are also helping the offense with 14.9 and 10.3 points per game, respectively.

Series Notes
The Aggies have a 20-4 all-time lead in the series with Idaho. Last year, the teams split the series with each program winning on its home court. NM State won 80-68, Jan. 14, 2012 in Las Cruces, and Idaho won, 59-58, Feb. 9, 2012 in Moscow, Idaho.

Previous Meeting
The Aggies suffered a one-point loss at Idaho, 59-58, Feb. 9, 2012, to snap a five-game win streak over the Vandals. Forward Wendell McKines and center Hamidu Rahman led the team with 12 points each. Guard Hernst Laroche and forward Tyrone Watson supplied nine points each. Watson also had a career-high eight assists. NM State had a late lead but Idaho inched its way back and pulled within one, 58-57, with 1:53 to play. The Aggies were without Laroche for the final 2:08 after he fouled out on an offensive foul. NM State maintained a lead until Idaho hit a jumper with five seconds to go.

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