The New Mexico State men's basketball team hosts Idaho, Saturday, Jan. 14 inside the Pan American Center at 7 p.m. The Idaho contest is also available on AggieVision, Comcast, Altitude2, CW (Channel 7.2), ESPN Full Court, ESPN3 and shown on tape delay on Fox Sports-Arizona at 8:30 p.m. The game is available on KGRT 104 FM with the 'Voice of the Aggies' Jack Nixon, and the pregame show starts 30 minutes prior to tip. The contest is also available in Spanish on Vista 98 FM with Martin Cortez.
New Mexico State Aggies
The Aggies are 12-5 this season and 2-0 in the WAC following an 80-60 win over Utah State, Jan. 12. NM State has two players in double figures with redshirt senior Wendell McKines leading the way with 18.1 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, and senior guard Hernst Laroche provides 11.4 points per game.
Saturday's game against Idaho is elementary school night. Elementary school children that bring a report card or Aggie flyer to the game will be admitted free. There will be a mascot basketball game at halftime, and a postgame autograph session with the Aggies.
The Vandals have a 9-8 overall record and 2-1 WAC record after a 90-88 overtime win at Louisiana Tech, Jan. 12. Idaho has a balanced offense with sophomore guard Stephen Madison and senior guard Deremy Geiger both posting a team-high 12.9 points per game. Junior center Kyle Barone adds 12.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
The Aggies have a 19-3 advantage in the series with the Vandals. NM State has an 11-0 record in Las Cruces. Last season, the Aggies swept Idaho and, currently, have a four-game win streak in the series.
Guard Gordo Castillo fired a game-high 19 points to lead the Aggies to a 73-65 win over Idaho, Jan. 29, 2011, in Las Cruces. Forward Troy Gillenwater supplied 16 points for the Aggies to complete the season sweep of the Vandals. Center Hamidu Rahman was also in double figures with 11 points.
Aggies Beat Utah State in WAC Home Opener
NM State defeated Utah State, 80-60, in its WAC home opener, Jan. 12. The Aggies had five players in double-figures with freshman guard Daniel Mullings leading the way with 17 points. Redshirt senior forward Wendell McKines posted his 10th double-double of the year and 37th of his career with 13 points and 11 rebounds. NM State had a dominating inside presence and scored 52 points in the paint with sophomore center Tshilidzi Nephawe tying a season-high mark with 12 points, while senior center Hamidu Rahman contributed 11. Senior guard Hernst Laroche added 10 points with six assists.
NM State-Utah State Notes
The Aggies improved to 9-0 this year when they score 80 or more points. After a 34-34 tie at halftime, the Aggies outscored Utah State, 46-26, in the second half for their largest win over the Navy-clad Aggies since the 2007-08 season. NM State also handed USU its biggest defeat of the year.
Nixon Joins the 1,000 Club
The 'Voice of the Aggies' Jack Nixon will broadcast his 1,000th Aggie men's basketball game against Idaho, Jan. 14. Nixon was recently named the 2011 New Mexico Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriter Association. This is the second career award for the Omaha, Neb., native.
Active Radio Broadcasters in the 1,000 Club
Ray Goss, Duquesne, 1968-Present
Bucky Bockhorn, Dayton (analyst), 1970-Active
Bob Harris, Duke, 1976-Active
Gene Deckerhoff, Florida State, 1974-Active
Jack Nixon, New Mexico State, 1976-82; 1986-Active
Dave Snell, Bradley, 1979-Active
A Highlight Reel
Junior forward Bandja Sy had a monster dunk with 4:07 minutes remaining against Utah State to give the Aggies an 18-point lead, 70-52. The slam was so impressive it was No. 6 on ESPN's SportCenter Top Ten list. Sy ended the night with eight points and nine rebounds, which tied a career best.