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NMSU, UTEP Basketball Gearing up for Season Openers


POSTED: Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 10:43pm

UPDATED: Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 10:48pm

The New Mexico State men’s basketball team hosts Eastern New Mexico in its lone exhibition game of the season, Monday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. inside the Pan American Center. The game is 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 Aggies return 10 players from last year’s squad that finished 22-12 with a WAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. NM State has three players back with double-figure scoring averages from a season ago including junior forward Troy Gillenwater (14.6 points per game), junior center Hamidu Rahman (10.3 points per game) and senior forward Wendell McKines (10.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game), but McKines is currently sidelined with a foot injury.

NM State also has senior guard Gordo Castillo, a lethal 3-point threat, and junior guard Hernst Laroche, who has started in every game in his time in Las Cruces, directing the Crimson and White.

The Miners will tip off the regular season against Pacific on Friday (Nov. 12) at 7:05 p.m. The Tigers won 23 games last season and return four of their top five scorers. The Nov. 12 game will be an "Orange Out" in the Haskins Center as UTEP attempts to sell out its home opener for the first time since 1986.

Less than 3,000 tickets remain for the game.

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