The New Mexico State men’s basketball team picked up its 15th-consecutive win on Saturday at the Jones Convocation Center when it defeated Chicago State 92-58.
The win was also NM State’s seventh-straight win on the road and pushed its all-time record against the Cougars to 17-1.
New Mexico State (26-4, 14-1 WAC) got the season started with a bang, blitzing Chicago State with a 17-0 run paced by Ivan Aurrecoechea and AJ Harris – who had six points and five points respectively. The Cougars didn’t get their first point until the 13:11 mark when Patrick Szpir hit the second of his two free-throws. Rob Shaw then gave CSU its first field-goal of the day shortly thereafter with a basket with 12:59 on the clock.
Then, with 7:01 left to play in the first half, Johnny McCants came flying in on a Clayton Henry miss with an electric one-handed hammer! From there, it was cruise control for the rest of the half as 10 Aggies recorded points.
The second-half wasn’t any different with New Mexico State dominating Chicago State (3-27, 0-15 WAC) on both ends of the floor. NM State continued to hold a commanding lead in the second frame thanks to a barrage of 3-pointers from Mohamed Thiam – who had three-straight from beyond the arc before Chicago State exhausted its last timeout of the game.
By the time the final buzzer sounded, NM State walked away with a SCORE victory against the Cougars to grab the sweep in its final road trip of the regular season.
Aurrecoechea finished the game with a team-high 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting – including 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. Thiam registered a season-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting with seven boards while Harris finished 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Keyon Jones rounded out the list of Aggies in double-figures with 10 points and five rebounds.
BY THE NUMBERS
Aggies were efficient on defense, turning 15 CSU turnovers into 25 points…NM State finished the afternoon 32-of-60 (53.3%) from the field…with 12 shots from deep on Saturday, it was the 10th time NM State has hit the double-digit mark from 3-point range this season.
New Mexico State returns home to the friendly confines of the Pan American Center where it’ll entertain California Baptist in the final game of the regular-season. Tip-off between the Aggies and Lancers is set for 7 p.m. (MT) on the WAC Digital Network as NM State honors its seniors in Eli Chuha, JoJo Zamora and Keyon Jones.