Aggies open Las Vegas Classic with Northern Colorado

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The New Mexico State men’s basketball team looks to get back on the win column next Monday, Dec. 17, when it plays hosts to Northern Colorado in its opening game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the televised contest.

 

Adam Young (@youngpbp) will have the call alongside former Neil McCarthy assistant Rus Bradburd (@RusBradburd) on the broadcast between the Aggies and Bears.

 

WHERE TO WATCH

Aggie fans can catch the game on several stations including FOX Sports Arizona Plus, FOX Sports Southwest, FOX College Sports Pacific and Eleven Sports. In addition, fans with a paid cable subscription can catch the action anywhere on the go through their mobile device using the FOX Sports GO App on both Apple and Android platforms.

 

Fans can also stream the game through Twitch.tv on the Eleven Sports NEXT channel.

 

FOX Sports Arizona PLUS (LIVE)

DISH: SD – 441, HD – 9579 | DISH Hopper: 412-29 | DTV: 686-1

 

FOX Sports Southwest (LIVE)

DISH: 416 | DTV: 676

 

FOX College Sports Pacific (LIVE)

DTV: 608 | Comcast Xfinity: 262 | AT&T U-verse: 647

 

Eleven Sports (LIVE)

DTV: 623 | AT&T: 1665 | Verizon FiOS: 597

 

Comcast New Mexico | Ch. 77

 

GET CONNECTED

Get up to the minute information and news about the NM State men’s basketball team all season long on Twitter and Instagram by following @NMStateMBB and on Facebook at FB.com/NMStateMBB.

 

LISTEN UP!

Aggie fans that can’t make it to Monday’s contest can catch the game by listening to NM State Athletics/US Bank Hall of Famer Jack Nixon and former Aggie Justin Hawkins on 99.5 Zia Country and affiliate stations on the Aggie Sports Network listed below or via TuneIn.

 

Alamogordo                       103.7 FM KNMZ

Albuquerque                      1150 AM KNMM

Carlsbad                               1240 AM KAMQ

El Paso                                  1380 AM KHEY

Gallup                                   1230 AM, 94.9 FM KYVA

Las Vegas                             107.1 FM KMDS

 

KEEPIN’ AN EYE ON THE BEARS

Northern Colorado is currently 6-1 on the year with its lone loss coming at the hands of Texas Tech 93-62, who is currently No. 11 in the latest Associated Press Poll and was just receiving votes when the two played. The Bears

 

NM State leads the all-time series 4-3 and currently owns a three-game win-streak over the Bears – two of which have been at home. Northern Colorado have won its last three games heading into its game against San Diego on Saturday, Dec. 15, as part of the Las Vegas Classic.

 

Through seven games, Jordan Davis leads a list of five players on the double-digit scoring list with 23.6 points per game and 6.0 boards per game. Trent Harris is second on the team in scoring with a 14.7 scoring average and 2.6 rebounds per game with a .561 shooting clip. Bodie Hume checks in with a 12.6 scoring average and 5.4 rebounding average to go with his team-leading 10 blocks and .867 free-throw percentage. Jonah Radebaugh isn’t far off from Hume, averaging 12.4 points and 4.6 rebounds while Jalen Sanders rounds out the list of double-digit scorers averaging 10.0 points a 5.0 boards.

 

The Bears have outrebounded opponents by a margin of 14.4 and have dished out 14.6 assists per game so far. As a team, UNC has shot 51-percent from the field to go with a .434 shooting clip from 3-point range.

 

LAST TIME OUT

The New Mexico State men’s basketball team didn’t shy away from the limelight last Saturday when it took on then-No. 2 Kansas at the Sprint Center, going pound-for-pound and toe-to-toe with the college basketball blueblood in its 63-60 loss.

 

The Aggies started off slow, but countered Kansas with a couple runs of their own to take a narrow 28-26 lead into the break. The lead for New Mexico State got as high as seven on three different occasions in the second-half thanks to the hot-shooting hand of JoJo Zamora and Ivan Aurrecoechea down in the paint.

 

Unfortunately, a 14-7 run by KU’s Dedric Lawson willed the Jayhawks past NM State in the final 6:40 minutes of play put an end to the Aggies’ upset bid. Zamora finished the game with a team-high 15 points for NM State thanks to a 4-of-7 night from 3-point land. Aurrecoechea added 14 points of his own on 7-of-10 shooting, including a 4-of-4 effort in the second-half while dishing out a career-high six assists. Johnny McCants also notched a career-high 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting with six boards in the loss.

 

UP NEXT

The Aggies will have a quick turnaround after Monday night’s game as they entertain CSUN in the Pan American Center on Wednesday, Dec. 19, to wrap up the campus portion of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

New Mexico State will head straight to Las Vegas, Nev., after hosting CSUN on Thursday as it prepares for the second portion of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. The Aggies are scheduled to first take on Drake at 5:30 p.m. (MT)/4:30 p.m. local at Orleans Arena on FS2. NM State will then take on either Washington State or San Diego on Sunday, Dec. 23, at either 5:30 p.m. (MT) or 8 p.m. (MT) depending on Saturday’s results.

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