Mid-Major battle looms for New Mexico State with Saint Mary’s on tap

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Fresh off a convincing rivalry win, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team entertains West Coast Conference powerhouse Saint Mary’s for a top mid-major clash Wednesday night in the Pan American Center.

 

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

 

WHERE TO WATCH

Aggie fans can catch the game on several stations including FOX Sports Arizona Plus, FOX Sports Sun Plus, 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 – 449, HD – 9519 | DISH Hopper: 412-37 | DTV: 686-1

 

FOX Sports Sun PLUS (LIVE)

DISH: SD – 442, HD – 9580 | DISH Hopper: 412-30 | DTV: 653-1

                                  

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

 

GAME DAY PROMOTIONS

Everyone’s favorite hat giveaway returns at NM State basketball games with the first chance for Aggie fans coming this Wednesday, Nov. 14, when Saint Mary’s comes to town. The first 1,000 fan in attendance will get their hands on the first of four special edition hats. A silver throwback hat with a college vault university logo will be Wednesday’s hat giveaway.

 

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 Wednesday’s mid-major clash 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

 

GAELS HEAD TO THE MESILLA VALLEY

Entering Wednesday mid-major battle, NM State is 1-5 all-time against Saint Mary’s with its lone win coming at home on Nov. 11, 2000, 82-64. Since then, the Aggies have lost four-straight – including a 73-53 loss at home on Dec. 23, 2010.

 

The last time the two teams met was last season in Moraga, Calif., in the second game of the season. NM State’s young team was bested by the No. 21/22 ranked Gaels 92-74. However, the Aggies went on to win 20 of their next 22 games.

 

Jordan Ford, a 6-1 guard, paces the Saint Mary’s offense, averaging 29 points and 4.0 assists while shooting at a red-hot .645 clip and 50-percent from downtown. Malik Fitts, a 6-8 forward transfer from South Florida, is nearly averaging a double-double with 14.0 points and 9.0 rebounds. Rounding out the double-digit scorers for Saint Mary’s is Tanner Krebs, who is averaging 10.5 points and 2.5 rebounds. Jordan Hunter will be another play to look out for in the Gaels’ front court. The 6-10 center is averaging 7.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 56-percent from the floor.

 

As a team, Saint Mary’s has won 88 games the last three seasons and own the fourth-best winning-percentage the last three years – trailing just Gonzaga, Villanova and Kansas. The Gaels have also enjoyed postseason success, seeing postseason action in 11-consecutive campaigns while also winning 20-plus games in that same amount of time. Saint Mary’s dominance in non-conference play is evident in them only losing four non-conference regular-season games the last three years.

 

LAST TIME OUT

After a slow start, the NM State men’s basketball team’s engine began to rev and it sure went fast, outscoring Battle of I-10 rival 84-48 after going doing 21-12 at the 14:48 mark in the first half for the 96-69 victory. The Aggies were paced by five players in double-figures while the bench erupted for 52 points to UTEP’s three. As a team, New Mexico State also held a 42-26 advantage in the paint against the Miners.

 

The Last time NM State had five players score in double-figures against a Division I team was against Long Beach State on Dec. 3, 2016, a 93-85 battle in favor of the Aggies. NM State did have five players score in double-figures against Eastern New Mexico last season, however, the Greyhounds are a Division II team.

 

Clayton Henry led the Aggies with 14 points and five boards on 5-of-9 shooting while C.J. Bobbitt added 13 points and four rebounds on 3-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Eli Chuha, Terrell Brown and Ivan Aurrecoechea chipped in with 11 points apiece in the rout of UTEP. Redshirt freshman Jabari Rice had a nice showing off the bench, scoring six points with six rebounds four other Aggies tallying six or more points.

 

UP NEXT

New Mexico State will get its first road test this upcoming Saturday, Nov. 17, when it heads up to #Aggiequerque to face Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. (MT) on AT&T Sports Network at Dreamstyle Arena.

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