NMSU Men's Basketball Readies for Big Week in Conference


POSTED: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 5:48pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 6:32pm

The New Mexico State men’s basketball team continues WAC play and hosts a pair of conference games this week with Hawai’i, Thursday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. and San Jose State, Saturday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Pan American Center. The games are available on KGRT 104 FM with the ‘Voice of the Aggies’ Jack Nixon calling the action and the pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m. The contests are available in Spanish on Vista 98.7 FM with Martin Cortez. The game with Hawai’i is televised on ESPN Regional. The contest with San Jose State is available on AggieVision, which is shown across New Mexico on Comcast stations, Altitude2, ESPN Full Court and ESPN3.com. The contest is taped delayed in Las Cruces (channel 4) until 11 p.m. and on Fox Sports-Arizona until 9:30 p.m.

The Aggies are 8-9 and 2-1 in the WAC following an 80-68 win over Fresno State, Jan. 8, in the conference home opener. Junior forward Troy Gillenwater leads NM State with a team-high 19.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Junior guard Hernst Laroche is averaging 11.2 points and 4.6 assists per contest. Freshman guard Christian Kabongo adds 10.1 points per game.

The Rainbow Warriors were 9-7 and 0-4 in WAC play. In its home opening weekend, Hawai’i lost to Idaho, 59-44, Jan. 6, and Boise State, 79-55, Jan. 8. Hawai’i currently has four players in double-figures with junior guard Zane Johnson posting a team-high 14.5 points per game. Senior forward Bill Amis (13.0), senior guard Hiram Thompson (11.7) and sophomore forward Joston Thomas (11.7) are also contributing to the offense.

The Aggies have an 11-2 lead in the all-time series with Hawai’i. NM State swept the Rainbow Warriors last year and has won the last five games in the series.

Guards Jahmar Young and Jonathan Gibson and forward Troy Gillenwater each scored 18 points in an 88-64 WAC victory over Hawai’i, Feb. 15, 2010, at the Pan American Center.

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