A breakout week on the hardwood floor saw New Mexico State forward Ivan Aurrecoechea named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday the league announced.
This is the first weekly honor since joining the Aggies for Aurrecoechea and the first weekly honor for NM State this season.
New Mexico State forward Ivan Aurrecoechea (@ivanaurre15) named WAC Player of the Week. Aurrecoechea had a breakout game against New Mexico with 23 points and 11 rebounds. The Spaniard also tallied 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 6 assists against No. 2 Kansas. #KTSM9Sports pic.twitter.com/HKLWxNiiw2— Andy Morgan (@AndyMorganTV) December 10, 2018
Aurrecoechea had a breakout game against Battle of I-25 rival, pounding the paint for 23 points and 11 rebounds for his first-career double-double at the Division I level in just 14:30 minutes of action. The Spaniard was efficient around the rim for NM State, going 6-of-7 from the floor to go along with his 11-of-15 night at the line.
The 6-8 forward didn’t back down against the No. 2 team in the country when New Mexico State went toe-to-toe with Kansas at the Sprint Center this past Saturday before falling 63-60. He scored at-will against the second-ranked Jayhawks, posting 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting with a career-high six assists and three rebounds.
At week’s end, Aurrecoechea averaged 18.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and committed just one turnover. He also posted a .765 shooting clip on the week and knocked down 11-of-15 shots from the free-throw line – all coming in the 100-65 rout against Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico.
New Mexico State gets a rare week off to rest and get some practice in before a four-game stretch begins next Monday, Dec. 17, at home against Northern Colorado as part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.