NMSU, Castillo Celebrate Senior Night Saturday vs. Nevada


POSTED: Friday, March 4, 2011 - 5:14pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 4, 2011 - 6:27pm

Castillo to Celebrate Aggie Career
Senior guard Gordo Castillo is playing his final game in the Pan American Center against Nevada, March 5. He has tied Jahmar Young for No. 5 on the NM State all-time list for career 3-pointers. Castillo has made 156 triples in 113 career games.

The New Mexico State men’s basketball team meets Nevada in the regular season finale, Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. The Aggies are honoring guard Gordo Castillo with a senior night postgame celebration. The game is available on KGRT 104 FM with the ‘Voice of the Aggies’ Jack Nixon calling the action, and the pregame show starts 30 minutes prior to tip. The contest is available in Spanish on Vista 98.7 FM with Martin Cortez. The game is available on AggieVision, which is shown live across New Mexico on Comcast stations, ESPN Full Court and ESPN3.com. The contest is taped delayed in Las Cruces (channel 4) and on Fox Sports-Arizona until 11 p.m.

The Aggies moved to 14-16 and 8-7 in the WAC after falling to No. 25/21 Utah State, 58-54, March 2. Junior forward Troy Gillenwater leads NM State with a team-high 19.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Junior guard Hernst Laroche is averaging 11.6 points and 4.8 assists per contest.

The Wolf Pack improved to 12-17 and 8-7 in the WAC with a 73-70 win at Louisiana Tech, March 3. Nevada has four players with double-digit scoring averages. Sophomore guard Malik Story leads the team with 13.8 points per game, while freshman guard Deonte Burton provides 13.6 points per contest. The Wolf Pack front court is producing with 12.7 points per game from junior forward Olek Czyz and 12.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game from junior forward Dario Hunt. ¬

The Aggies have a slight 17-15 advantage in the all-time series. Nevada won the first meeting of the series in 2010-11, 90-71, in Reno, Nev., Jan. 20.

NM State had a three-game win streak snapped with a 90-71 loss at Nevada, Jan. 20. Junior forward Troy Gillenwater had a game-high 22 points, while junior guard Hernst Laroche added 11 points.

NM State suffered its first WAC loss at home this season to No. 25/21 Utah State, 58-54, March 2. The Aggies had won 12 consecutive WAC home games dating back to last year. Junior forward Troy Gillenwater scored a game-high 17 points. This is the first time the Aggies hosted a ranked team in the Pan American Center since the 2006-07 season. Freshman center Tshilidzi Nephawe recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Hernst Laroche added 10 points, while senior guard Gordo Castillo had nine.

WAC Tournament Seeding Still Up for Grabs
Saturday’s game with Nevada is vital to the Aggies’ seeding in the 2011 WAC Tournament. The Aggies will defend their crown as the No. 3 seed with a win over the Wolf Pack. With a loss, NM State is the No. 5 seed if Fresno State beats Hawai’i and No. 6 seed if Hawai’i beats Fresno State.

NM State utilized its home court advantage this season at the Pan American Center and is 6-1 in WAC home games in 2010-11. The Aggies had their 12-game WAC home win streak snapped March 2.

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