The New Mexico State men’s basketball team shot its way to a convincing 83-39 victory over Chicago State Saturday afternoon inside the Pan American Center for its seventh-straight win.
The Aggies wrap up the first-half of league action 7-1 after Saturday’s dominating win and moved to 18-4 overall. CSU Bakersfield and Grand Canyon, who was tied with NM State heading into today atop the league standings, will play one another tonight – which will leave the Aggies tied atop the standings with either the Runners or Lopes.
The last time NM State held an opponent under 40 at home was against Northern New Mexico on Dec. 22, 2014 (78-39) while the most recent time occurred on the road against Utah Valley (51-38) on Feb. 19, 2015.
Like last game, NM State got off to a quick start thanks to 3-point shooting. AJ Harris got things going for the Aggies while Clayton Henry sandwiched a lay-in with a pair of threes for the 11-3 at the 15:58 media break.
NM State’s offensive onslaught didn’t stop there as four other Aggies joined in on the 3-point barrage that led to the 46-21 lead at halftime. NM State saw 12-of-14 players that saw the floor score in the first half while seven of those 12 drained at least one 3-pointer before heading into the break 10-of-20 from deep.
The second-half didn’t offer much of a difference in outcome as NM State drilled 15-of-31 (48.4%) shots from the floor as a team while holding Chicago State (3-20, 0-8 WAC) to just 7-of-30 (23.3%) en route to a 44-point victory.
Terrell Brown led all scorers with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting – including 4-of-6 from deep. Henry finished with 12 points for the Aggies on 4-of-7 from deep while Jabari Rice added 10 points of his own off the bench. Mohamed Thiam was a couple buckets shy of his first double-double at the Division I level, posting six points and 10 rebounds.
BY THE NUMBERS
The 15 shots from 3-point land tied for the season-high set back on Dec. 19 against CSUN at home…the .405 shooting clip from downtown for NM State is just the sixth time its shot above .400 in a game from beyond the arc…the Aggies turned 21 Chicago State turnovers into 32 points while its bench outscored the Cougars 41-8…Aggies are now 16-1 all-time against CSU and 8-0 when playing Chicago State at home.
New Mexico State now hits the road for a pair of critical road games. First up for NM State will be CSU Bakersfield (Feb. 7) followed by Grand Canyon (Feb. 9). Both games are scheduled to tip-off on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. local time.