Aggies seek bounce-back win over rival Grand Canyon

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The New Mexico State men’s basketball team returns home and plays host to Grand Canyon this Thursday, Jan. 10, for its Western Athletic Conference home-opener at 7 p.m. (MT).

 

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

 

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 theEleven Sports NEXT channel or on FOXSportsGo with a paid cable subscription.

 

FOX Sports Arizona PLUS (LIVE)

DISH: SD – 448, HD – 9518 |DISH Hopper: 412-36 | DTV: 686-1

 

FOX Sports Southwest PLUS (LIVE)

DISH: SD – 444, HD – 9514 |DISH Hopper: 412-32 | DTV: 676-1

 

FOX College Sports Central (LIVE)

DTV: 608 |DISH: 446

 

Eleven Sports (LIVE)

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

 

FOX Sports Prime Ticket – Los Angeles (Delay) –10 p.m. (MT)

DTV: 693 |DISH: 441

 

FOX Sports San Diego (Delay) –10 p.m. (MT)

DTV: 694 |DISH: 439

 

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 onTwitter and Instagram by following @NMStateMBB and on Facebook at FB.com/NMStateMBB.

 

LISTEN UP!

Aggie fans that can’t make it to Thursday’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

 

UPCOMING PROMOTION

Thursday’s contest against Grand Canyon will be a ‘White Out’ game for the Aggie faithful. The first 500 students will also get a FREE Aggie t-shirt.

 

The 4 for $40 promotion is back and the first opportunity for Aggie fans to take advantage of the promotion will be for Saturday’s game against CSU Bakersfield. The promotion includes 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas for just $40 dollars. The promotion is only good through end of business on Friday and cannot be purchased on game day. Fans can purchase the 4 for $40 promotion in person at the Pan American Center ticket office or via phone by calling 575-646-1420.

 

In addition, the game on Saturday against CSUB will feature the fan-favorite Mascot Madness game during halftime. There will also be postgame autographs with a select number of special edition men’s basketball caricatures poster of the team.

 

BACK TO THE PLACE WE CALL HOME

With the Aggies returning to the Pan American Center for its WAC home-opener, NM State is 64-4 in conference home games since the 2009-10 season. In addition, the Aggies are also undefeated in WAC home games in five of the last six years with their lone loss in league play at home coming in 2016-17. NM State heads into Thursday’s contest against GCU with a nine-game win-streak at home against league opponents.

 

HOME SWEET HOME

NM State looks to get back in the win column Thursday when it returns home for its game in the Pan American Center since Dec. 19. The Aggies are 7-1 so far on the year on Lou Henson Court and have won five-straight in the Pan Am Center.

 

CHECKING OUT THE LOPES

Heading into Thursday’s game, NM State is 10-2 all-time against Grand Canyon and has yet to lose to the Lopes in the Pan American Center. The Aggies will have their hands full this weekend as they play host to the league leaders this weekend in GCU and CSU Bakersfield, who are 2-0 in WAC play after the first week of conference action.

 

Grand Canyon is 9-5 overall on the year but is just 1-3 when playing in true road games this season. Its lone road victory came at Northern Iowa 73-62. The Lopes also struggled last year in road games, going 3-4 away from home in league play.

 

Sophomore Alessandro Lever leads the team with a 14.9 scoring average to go with his 4.3 rebounds per game. Lever has been playing well in the last five games for the Lopes, averaging a whopping 19.8 points with a .473 shooting clip.

 

Carlos Johnson is the only other player averaging in double-figures with 10.5 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game. However, GCU’s top two distributers in Damari Milstead and Trey Drechsel are right on the cusp, averaging 9.7 points.

 

Rebounding has been a team-effort for GCU with five players averaging 4.0-plus rebounds while Milstead (3.7 apg) and Drechsel (2.7) check in at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the assist category. Milstead has also been big on defense for the Lopes with a team-high 20 steals on the season.

 

Through two games in conference play, 4-of-5 starters for Grand Canyon are averaging in double-figures with Johnson being the lone non-starter to averaging in double-digits. Drechsel is nearly averaging a double-double through two WAC games, posting 10.5 points per game and 9.0 boards per game.

 

LAST TIME OUT

NM State started the Western Athletic Conference season with a loss for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign when it fell to California Baptist last Thursday 82-76 on the road. The Aggie offense struggled in the loss, shooting just 31.1-percent (23-of-74) from the floor and 26.9-percent (7-of-26) from 3-point range.

 

Despite its fiery comeback, the Aggies just didn’t have enough in the tank to pull off the comeback despite Terrell Brown’s season-high 22 points thanks to a perfect 11-of-11 night from the free-throw line. AJ Harris joined him with 15 points of his own while JoJo Zamora and C.J. Bobbitt added 13 points apiece for the Aggies.

 

Led by Milan Acquaah’s career-high 36 points coupled with California Baptist shooting 32-of-36 from the charity stripe, the Lancers held on to win its first-ever WAC game.

 

UP NEXT

With league play full-steam ahead, the Aggies will have a 24-hour turnaround as they entertain CSU Bakersfield on Saturday, Dec. 12, for a 4 p.m. tip-off on theWAC Digital Network.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

After a brief stint at home, New Mexico State hits the road once again for a three-game road swing beginning with a trip to Seattle U (Dec. 17) before heading Utah Valley (Dec. 19). NM State stays on the road the following week as it heads to UT Rio Grande Valley (Dec. 26) before returning home for a pair of games.

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