Aggies head south to face UT Pan American
Las Cruces, NM — The New Mexico State men’s basketball team heads to Edinburg, Texas to face Texas-Pan American in a Western Athletic Conference road game, Thursday, Feb. 20 with tip-off set for 6 p.m. (MT). The game is scheduled to air over the radio waves in Las Cruces with ‘Voice of the Aggies’ Jack Nixon giving the play-by-play action on KGRT 103.9 FM. Live stats are available online free of charge at www.NMStateSports.com while stat and score updates are given on Twitter @NMStateAggies.
NM State takes on Utah Valley next Thursday, Feb. 27 in Orem, Utah. Following the game against Texas-Pan American, the Utah Valley game is set to air on the radio with coverage on KGRT 104 FM in Las Cruces. Radio coverage for both games on the Aggie Sports Network includes coverage in Alamogordo (107.1 FM), Albuquerque (101.7 FM), Artesia (990 AM) and Carlsbad (1240 AM).
Fans and media can access post-game video interviews with head coach Marvin Menzies and selected players after each game on-line at www.NMStateSports.com by clicking on the game recap.
About the Aggies
NM State has had two seven-game winning streaks this season with the first starting on Nov. 9 against Tennessee State in Honolulu. The final victory of that streak was against Prairie View A&M as the Aggies won 91-60 in Las Cruces on Nov. 27. The second seven-game winning streak began on Dec. 14 in Des Moines, Iowa when NM State defeated Drake 81-63 in overtime. The final victory of that streak came against Idaho on Jan. 11 when NM State won 78-54 in the Pan American Center. The winning streak was snapped by Chicago State on Jan. 16, when they fell 86-81 on the road. The Aggies then lost their second straight Western Athletic Conference game of the year to Kansas City 68-66 on the road as well, Jan. 18. However, the Aggies managed to recover with three consecutive home victories, including a dominating 72-49 win over first place Utah Valley, Saturday, Feb. 1.
The Aggies have recovered from the loss on the road to Idaho on Feb. 6, and responded with a three game winning streak. They are now sitting at 9-3 in league play after a 92-77 road victory against conference opponent Seattle in Seattle, Washington on Feb. 8, and back-to-back home wins also coming against conference opponents Kansas City on Feb. 13 and Chicago State on Feb. 15.
NM State is averaging 78.4 points per game this season while shooting 48.8 percent from the field. They are shooting fairly well from behind the 3-point arc as well, hitting 36.7 percent of their 3-point attempts. The NM State defense is holding its opponents to a 40.8 shooting percentage on the year and is out-rebounding the opposing teams by an average of 37.0 per game to 32.9 per game (+4.1 rebounding margin).
Junior guard Daniel Mullings leads all scorers on the squad with 16.9 points per game and is also the defensive leader of the team with a league 52 steals on the year. He also leads the Western Athletic Conference in steals per game averaging 1.93 per competition. He also has 87 assists on the year, and is in the top-10 in the league in that category.
Sophomore center Sim Bhullar, who returned to the court on Thursday, Jan. 30 after missing six straight games due to a foot injury, leads the team and the WAC in blocked shots with 76 blocks on the season. Junior Tshilidzi Nephawe is the team leader in rebounds with 7.8 per game and he is also second on the team and the WAC with 42 blocks on the year, which includes a career-high six blocks against Idaho (Jan. 11).
Senior guard Kevin Aronis leads the Aggies in 3-point shooting percentage hitting 42.7 percent of his attempts and is No. 5 in the WAC in 3-pointers per game with 2.2 per contest. Junior KC Ross-Miller is second on the team in 3-point shooting percentage going 39.0 percent from behind the 3-point arc (23-of-59).
Senior forward/center Renaldo Dixon made 11 consecutive starts which ended on Feb. 15, against Chicago State and is averaging 25.2 minutes per competition. He is posting 8.9 points per game and is grabbing 5.7 rebounds per game.
The New Mexico State men’s basketball team defeated Chicago State, 84-55 in the Pan American Center Saturday, Feb. 15. The Aggies improve to 20-8 on the season and 9-3 in WAC play, while Chicago State falls to 10-14 overall and 5-5 in the league. The 20th win of the 2013-14 season marks the fifth time under head coach Marvin Menzies that NM State has reached the 20-win mark.
Renaldo Dixon led the Aggies with 20 points, while also leading the team in rebounds with nine. DK Eldridge added 17 points, followed by Mullings with 15. The Aggies shot 55.8 percent from the floor on the night while holding Chicago State to 40.4 percent.
Eldridge led the Aggies in the half with 11 points, followed by Mullings with 10. As a team, NM State shot 63 percent in the half, while holding the Cougars to 42.2 percent shooting. The Aggies also out rebounded the Cougars 22-12 in the first half.
In the final eight minutes of the game, the Aggies emptied the bench, getting some of the reserves valuable playing time. Dixon paced the Aggies in the final minutes of the game, scoring a quite 16 points with 3:32 still to play in the game, as NM State held a 75-51 lead. They went up by 30 with 1:51 after a Buovac free throw, giving NM State an 83-53 lead.
Series History versus Texas-Pan American
The Aggies are 7-3 all-time against UTPA and are 1-2 when playing the Broncs on the road. This will be the 11th meeting between NM State and UTPA. The last time they met the Aggies defeated the Broncs, 90-78, Jan. 25 in Las Cruces, NM. Their first meeting was Jan. 8, 1969 in Las Cruces, NM with a final score of 109-74.
Scouting the Broncs
This season will be the second time the NM State Aggies face off against the Texas-Pan American Broncs.
The Broncs are led by head coach Dan Hipsher in his first season with the team. He is assisted by Andy Hipsher, Elwyn McRoy and Cody Hopkins all in their first season with the team.
Texas Pan-American has an overall record of 8-19 with a 3-8 record at home. The Broncs are led by senior guard, Javorn Farrell in scoring and assists, averaging 16.0 points per game with 3.4 assists per game. Just trailing Farrell in scoring and assists is junior guard Shaquille Boga at 14.0 points per game and 3.3 assists per game.
As a team, the Wolverines have a -4.5 scoring margin. Throughout the season they have tallied 925 rebounds, 342 assists and average a 41.1 field goal percentage.