POSTED: Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 10:59pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 11:00pm
Aggies Lose By 19
The New Mexico State men’s basketball team’s three-game win streak was snapped with a 90-71 loss at Nevada. Junior forward Troy Gillenwater had a game-high 22 points from the Aggies, while junior guard Hernst Laroche added 11 points.
The Aggies moved to 10-10 and 4-2 in the WAC while the Wolf Pack improved to 6-13 and 3-3 in the conference. Offensively, NM State was strong in the first half with a 51.9 field goal percentage but hampered in the second half with a 30.3 field goal percentage.
At halftime, the Aggies trailed the Wolf Pack, 43-36. Gillenwater led all scorers with 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Laroche also helped the NM State offense with seven points.
Nevada jumped to an early lead, 14-8, six minutes into the game. The Aggies responded and tied the game at 16-16 when Laroche hit a jumper from the left wing at the 12:05 mark.
NM State then claimed its first lead of the game, 18-16, after sophomore forward Tyrone Watson muscled in a jumper on the block. The Aggies maintained a two-point lead until Nevada rallied for eight straight points to take a 28-22 advantage.
With a Laroche 3-pointer, the Aggies pulled within one, 35-34, with four minutes until halftime but couldn’t narrow the gap any further before the break.
The Aggies began the second half strong and cut the Nevada lead to three, 45-42, on a fast break layup from Gillenwater at 17:44. The Wolf Pack scored the next five points and NM State didn’t recover. The Aggie offense stalled in the second half shooting only 30.3 percent from the field.
The Aggies travel to Utah State, Saturday, Jan. 22 at 9 p.m. in a nationally televised game on ESPNU.