NM State vs. Northern Colorado Coverage
Television: AggieVision (check with local cable/satellite provider)
Radio: KGRT 103.9 FM (play-by-play: Jack Nixon)
Vista 98.7 FM
Live Stats: www.NMStateSports.com (click on live events link)
Also available on ESPN3.com
Aggie Basketball – Nov. 18-24
The New Mexico State men’s basketball team plays two games during the week of Nov. 18-24 with one at home and one on the road. The Aggies face Northern Colorado, Wednesday, Nov. 20 in the Pan American Center at 7p.m. (MT). NM State then heads south for the second game of the I-10 rivalry taking on the Miners, Saturday, Nov. 23 in that Don Haskins Center with game time set for 7p.m. Both games will be available on the radio with ‘Voice of the Aggies,’ Jack Nixon giving the play-by-play on KGRT 103.9 FM in Las Cruces.
Aggie Basketball – Nov. 25 – Dec. 1
NM State plays three games during the week of Nov. 25-Dec. 1 with two at home and one on the road. The Aggies play Bethune-Cookman in the Pan American Center, Monday, Nov. 25 at 7p.m. (MT). The game is scheduled to air on TV as a part of the AggieVision productions and will also air on the radio with ‘Voice of the Aggies,’ Jack Nixon giving the play-by-play on KGRT 103.9 FM. NM State follows that with another home game, Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. and that game will also air on KGRT 103.9 FM.
The Aggies then take to the road playing Colorado State, Saturday, Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. (MT) in Fort Collins, Colo. That game is scheduled to air on the radio in Las Cruces on KGRT 103.9 FM and will also be televised by ROOT Sports. Check with your local cable or satellite provider for a listing of show times in your area.
New Mexico State Aggies
The Aggies are 3-1 as of Nov. 18, which is the best record among all Western Athletic Conference teams. NM State started the year with a tough loss to Western Michigan but bounced back defeating Tennessee State, Hawai’i and UTEP. The Aggies are 49-percent from the field while holding their opponents to 42-percente from the field. NM State is averaging 41.2 rebounds per game, out-rebounding its opponents who mark 25.8 rebounds per game. Junior guard Daniel Mullings leads the Aggies in scoring with 17.5 points per game while sophomore center Sim Bhullar adds 11.8 points per game. Bhullar is seeking another record-breaking year on the defensive side of the court as he has already marked nine blocks this season.
Scouting Northern Colorado
Northern Colorado is 2-0 on the year after defeating Kansas State on the road and Colorado Christian at home. Senior forward Derrick Barden leads the Bears in scoring with 15.0 points per game and senior guard Tate Unruh adds 13.5 points per game. Barden, who is averaging 30.0 minutes per game, is grabbing 17.0 boards per game and that leads the team.
Aggies against Northern Colorado
NM State is 2-3 all-time against Northern Colorado. The first meeting came on Dec. 18, 1941 with the Aggies falling in overtime, 36-31. NM State and UNCO faced each other again the following day (Dec. 19, 1941) and the Aggie fell short 35-30. The Aggies won the last meeting with UNCO 89-75 on Nov. 12, 2011 on the road.
Mullings Earns WAC Player of the Week
Junior guard Daniel Mullings has been named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week by the league office for the week of 11-17 after leading the Aggies to consecutive wins last week. This is his second WAC player of the week honor as he earned the honor during the 2012-13 season.
Mullings, a native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, helped the Aggies pick up two consecutive wins last week averaging 23.5 points per game. He finished the Outrigger Hotels and Resort Rainbow Classic scoring 21 points on host team Hawai’i during a 3am (MT) game that was featured on ESPN’s Tip-off Marathon. He went 6-of-11 from the field and 1-for-1 from the 3-point arc while dropping 8-of-12 free throws. He was named to the Outrigger Hotels and Resort Rainbow Classic immediately following the game. Mullings tallied a game-high 26 points against I-10 Rival UTEP on Friday, Nov. 15 to help his team to an 86-73 victory in front of a vocal Pan American Center crowd while going 64 percent from the field (9-of-14). He added two assists, two steals and a rebound against the Miners as the Aggies moved to 3-1 on the year.
Overall on the week, Mullings averaged 23.5 points, 3.5 assists, 1.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. He shot 60 percent (15-of-25) from the field, 50 percent (1-of-2) from beyond the arc and 64 percent (16-of-25) from the free throw line.
Last time the Aggies took the court
The New Mexico State men’s basketball team defeated its I-10 rival, Texas-El Paso, Saturday, Nov. 15 in front of 10,019 fans inside the Pan American Center. The 86-73 victory now gives the Aggies a 105-100 advantage in the 205 meetings between the two rivals. NM State moves to 3-1 on the season while the Miners fall to 1-1.
NM State shot over 50 percent in the contest, sinking 25 of 44 shots to finish with a 56.8 shooting percentage while holding UTEP to 46 percent on the night. The Aggie advantage in the paint was also noticeable as NM State out-rebounded the Miners, 37-23.
The Aggies were led by junior guard Daniel Mullings who finished with a game-high 26 points. Mullings went 9-of-14 from the field and sank eight of his 13 free-throw attempts. Sophomore center Sim Bhullar also finished with double-digit points, netting 11 points while also adding six rebounds.
Junior center Chili Nephawe, senior forward Renaldo Dixon and junior guards DK Eldridge and KC Ross-Miller each added nine points to the Aggie total. Nephawe also led NM State in rebounds with a total of 12, six from each side, missing a double-double by one point. It was the third time this season he led the team in rebounds.