The New Mexico State Aggies rode the scoring of Pascal Siakam to their ninth straight win, as the Aggies downed Chicago State 69-55 Saturday afternoon at the Jones Convocation Center.

Siakam led all scorers with 24 points and got his 1,000th point on a jumper with 9:28 to play. He led all rebounders with eight boards and collected five blocked shots.

The Aggies (18-8, 9-1) retained their one-game lead in the Western Athletic Conference with the win, while the Cougars (4-23, 0-10) remained winless in the WAC.

Junior Ian Baker added 16 points with five rebounds and three blocks, while Johnathon Wilkins scored 10 points. Matt Taylor dished out seven assists for the Aggies.

NM State got off to a slow start, and trailed CSU by five at 19-14 with 9:32 remaining in the first. But that’s when the Aggie defense started to work as the offense started warming up. The Cougars only got two more points the rest of the half, while the Aggies went on a 16-2 run the rest of the half to take a 30-21 advantage into halftime.

The Aggies dominated the second half, extending the lead to 63-41 with 6:33 to go before starting to play control basketball as the Cougars sliced the lead to the final 69-55.

“I was pleased that we didn’t let them rattle us at the end,” said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. “I was also pleased the way we played with the energy and concentration that they had today,” said Menzies.

Chicago State was led by Trayvon Palmer with 13 points, while Fred Sims Jr. tossed in 11 and Clemmye Owens V scored 10 points.

NM State shot 56.8 percent from the field (25-of-44), while hitting 7-of-18 from the 3-point arc. The Aggies held CSU to just 33.3 percent from the floor (16-of-48), and 5-of-17 (29.4 percent) from the arc.

The Aggies also outrebounded the Cougars 32-25.

NM State has another quick turnaround, jumping out of non-conference play to visit Wichita State on Monday. It’s the rescheduled game from December when the Aggies couldn’t travel because of Winter Storm Goliath.