NMSU Men's Basketball Stays on Road for Contest at Hawai'i Saturday

NMSU Men's Basketball Stays on Road for Contest at Hawai'i Saturday
Friday, February 25, 2011 - 3:47pm

The New Mexico State men’s basketball team faces Hawai’i, Saturday, Feb. 26 at 10 p.m. in Honolulu, in the final regular season road game. 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 on AggieVision, which is shown live across New Mexico on Comcast stations, ESPN Full Court and ESPN3.com.

The Aggies moved to 14-14 and 8-5 in the WAC after a 72-70 overtime loss at San Jose State, Feb. 23. Junior forward Troy Gillenwater leads NM State with a team-high 19.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Junior guard Hernst Laroche is averaging 11.6 points and 4.9 assists per contest.

The Rainbow Warriors are 16-10 and 6-7 after beating Louisiana Tech, 71-58, Feb. 24. Junior guard Zane Johnson and senior forward Bill Amis are guiding the team with 15.0 points and 14.9 points, respectively. Sophomore forward Joston Thomas also contributes 10.1 points per contest.

The Aggies have an 12-2 lead in the all-time series with Hawai’i. NM State beat the Rainbow Warriors, 82-64, Jan. 13 in Las Cruces, and the Aggies have won the last six games in the series.

Junior forward Troy Gillenwater scored 13 points in 18 minutes to help NM State to an 82-64 victory over Hawai’i, Jan. 13. He also added 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. Junior guard Hernst Laroche added 14 points and five assists, while freshman guard Christian Kabongo scored 12 and senior guard Gordo Castillo scored 10.

NM State suffered a 72-70 overtime loss at San Jose State, which was the fourth overtime game of the year. The Aggies had four players in double-figures with junior forward Troy Gillenwater posting a team-high 18 points. Sophomore forward Tyrone Watson and freshman guard Christian Kabongo supplied 11 each. Sophomore forward/center B.J. West scored a career-high 10 points, and junior guard Hernst Laroche recorded nine points and a season-high nine assists. NM State slipped to 1-3 in overtime games this season.

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