Aggies hit the road to face Chicago State

Aggies hit the road to face Chicago State
New Mexico State
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 5:41pm

The New Mexico State men’s basketball team (14-5, 3-0 WAC) heads to Chicago, Ill. to face Chicago State (7-9, 2-0 WAC) in a Western Athletic Conference match-up, Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. (MT). Fans can listen to the pregame show at 5:30 p.m. with the Hall of Famer ‘Voice of the Aggies’ Jack Nixon on KGRT 103.9 FM in Las Cruces.

Looking Ahead
NM State continues its weekend road trip as it heads to Kansas City, Mo., to take on Kansas City, Saturday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. (MT). The game is set to air on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network. The Aggie Sports Network includes radio coverage in Alamogordo (107.1 FM), Albuquerque (101.7 FM), Artesia (990 AM) and Carlsbad (1240 AM).

About the Aggies
NM State is riding a seven-game winning streak, which is the second seven-game winning streak of the season. The Aggies also marked seven straight wins from Nov. 9, 2013 through Nov. 27, 2013. During the recent string of wins, the Aggies have not gone into a half trailing their opponent.

The Aggies are averaging 78.1 points per game this season and are shooting 48 percent from the field, while they are shooting fairly well from behind the 3-point arc as well, hitting 38.3 percent of their 3-point attempts. The NM State defense is holding its opponents to a 40 percent shooting percentage on the year and is out-rebounding the opposing teams by an average of 37.2 per game to 33.6 per game (+3.6 rebounding margin).

Junior guard Daniel Mullings leads all scorers on the squad with 16.4 points per game and is also the defensive leader of the team with a league-high 37 steals this season. He also has 63 assists on the offensive end of the court and six blocks on the defensive side.

Sophomore Sim Bhullar, who has sat out the last three games due to a foot injury, leads the team with 7.4 rebounds per game and has a WAC-best 53 blocks this season. Junior Tshilidzi Nephawe is second on the team in rebounds with 7.1 per game and he has 21 blocks this year, after marking a career-best six blocks against Idaho (Jan. 11).

Junior guard KC Ross-Miller has the best 3-point shooting percentage at 46.3 percent (19-of-41) but senior guard Kevin Aronis has made the most 3-pointers with 40, while shooting 41.2 percent (40-of-97). Junior guard DK Eldridge has also been shooting the ball well from behind the 3-point arc hitting 42.9 percent (24-of-56) of his shots.

Senior forward/center Renaldo Dixon has made three consecutive starts heading into Thursday’s game against the Cougars and is averaging 23.2 minutes per game this season. He is posting 6.9 points per game and is averaging 5.2 rebounds per game.

Seven-Game Win Streak
During the first seven-game win streak of the season the Aggies were posting 80.7 points per game and holding their opponents to 66.1 points per game. In this second seven-game win streak, NM State is marking 83.6 points per game and holding the opposing team to an average of 63.4 points per game.

Daniel Mullings led the team with 18.6 points per game in the first seven-game win streak of the year and leads the team during this current win streak with 13.8 points per game. There were four Aggies with double-figure scoring figures in the first win streak and there are six players scoring in double figures during this second win streak (Mullings, Eldridge, Bhullar, Aronis, Ross-Miller, Nephawe).

NM State defeated its opponents by an average of 14.6 points per game during the November win streak and is currently defeating its opponents by 20.1 points per game. The Aggies seemed to have been rebounding a little better during that first win streak, out-rebounding their opponents by 8.6 boards per game, while they are out-rebounding their opponents by 4.3 per game during this streak.

Mullings Named WAC Player of the Week for the Second Time This Season
The Western Athletic Conference office announced on Monday, January 13, that junior guard Daniel Mullings has been named Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 6-12.

Mullings led the Aggies to a pair of wins over Seattle U and Idaho last week. In a 96-87 win over Seattle U on Thursday, Mullings recorded his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. He also tied a career-high with seven steals and dished out six assists. In NM State’s 78-54 win over Idaho, Mullings scored 16 points with six rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal.

For the week, Mullings averaged 14.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game. He shot 42.9 percent (9-of-21) from the field, 60.0 percent (3-of-5) from the three-point line, and 60.0 percent (8-of-12) from the free throw line.

Aggies on the Road
NM State is 5-3 on the road this season and 1-1 when playing at a neutral site. The Aggies picked up great road wins against Hawai’i (Nov. 12), Drake (Dec. 14) and New Mexico (Dec. 17). NM State is shooting 45.7 percent on the road and is scoring 75.4 points per game, while holding its opponents to 73.4 points per game. The Aggies are being out-rebounded on the road this season 37.0-35.1 but have more assists than their opponents when playing on the road.

Guard Daniel Mullings leads the Aggies in scoring on the road posting 16.6 points per game and has a team-high 17 steals on the road this season. Guard K.C. Ross-Miller is second on the team in scoring on the road with 12.9 points per game and his free throw shooting in an opponent’s arena has been stellar. He has hit 43-of-48 free throw shots for a 89.6 road free throw percentage.

Guard DK Eldridge has also been playing well on the road this season averaging 9.8 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game while playing 27.5 minutes per game. Junior Tshilidzi Nephawe is grabbing 7.3 rebounds per game and is hitting 50 percent of his shots during road games this season.

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