The Aggies opened the 2013-14 season with a 70-64 loss to Western Michigan on the first day of the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Rainbow Classic and bounced back with a 70-55 win over Tennessee State, Friday, Nov. 9 in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The Aggies wrap up the tournament against host team Hawai’i, Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 3a.m. (MT) in the Stan Sheriff Center.
The game will air on national TV being broadcast on ESPN2. It is also scheduled to air on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network with coverage in Las Cruces on KGRT 103.9 FM as ‘The Voice of the Aggies,’ Jack Nixon will give the play-by-play action.
Live stats are available online at www.NMStateSports.com under the live stats link, while the radio broadcast can be found under the same link online. A Twitter feed with score updates and occasional photos can be found @NMStateAggies.
DID YOU KNOW: This is the fifth consecutive season and sixth time in seven years that the Aggies have started their season on the road.
DID YOU KNOW: NM State started playing basketball in 1904, which makes this the 107th season of program history.
DID YOU KNOW: Friday night’s loss to the Broncos moved the Aggies to 65-41-1 all-time in opening games. NM State is now 10-22 when playing on the road to open the season. The Aggies are 3-4 in opening games under head coach Marvin Menzies.
NM State versus Hawai’i
The Aggies are 14-4 all-time against Hawai’i. The first time the two teams met was on Dec. 15, 1978 in Honolulu with NM State winning 63-56. The next day (12/16/78) the Aggies won again 60-65. During the 2011-12 season both teams met three times. Hawai’i beat NM State on Jan. 21, 2012 with a score of 87-91. Then in Feb. 23, 2012 the Aggies swept Hawai’i with an outstanding score of 115-73. The last time they met was at the WAC Tournament on Mar. 9, 2012, the Aggies were victorious with a total score of 92-81. The Aggies are 5-4 when playing in Honolulu.
NM State has dunked the ball 11 times compared to its opponents not posting a dunk in a game yet this season. Four different Aggies have dunked the ball so far with Sim Bhullar posting six dunks. Nephawe and Mullings each have two dunks, while Dixon has one.
Great Start to 2013-14 Season for Nephawe
Tshilidzi Nephawe has had a great start to the 2013-14 season. He tallied a career-high 18 points in a loss to Western Michigan. Nephawe followed that performance with a double-double in a 70-55 win over Tennessee State, Nov. 9 in Honolulu. That evening he tied a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with 11 points during a career-high 31 minutes of play. He has marked 11 rebounds in a game three times, previously doing it against Louisiana (Lafayette), Nov. 23, 2012.
Nephawe also tied a career-high in free throw attempts against Tennessee State with 10. He has attempted 10 free throws in a game three times, previously marking 10 attempts versus Western New Mexico University, Dec. 14, 2011.
Ross-Miller Dishing it Out
Guard KC Ross-Miller tallied six assists against Tennessee State, Nov. 9, 2013 to assist his team to a 70-55 victory. That tied his career-high as he tallied six assists in four games during his career. The first time he dished out six assists was against Southeastern Louisiana, Nov. 15, 2012, during an 81-56 win.
Mullings with Nice Showing versus Tennessee StateJunior guard Daniel Mullings tied a career-high 16 field goal attempts during the 70-55 victory over Tennessee State, Nov. 9, 2013. He has attempted 16 field goals in a game three times during his career with the first coming against Bucknell, Nov. 17, 2012, as the Aggies lost, 62-49