Aggies Look to Extend Home Winning Streak Taking on Bethune-Cookman Monday Night
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  11/25/2013

NM State vs. Bethune-Cookman Coverage

Television: AggieVision (ESPN3.com)

Radio: KGRT 103.9 FM (play-by-play: Jack Nixon)

                Vista 98.7 FM (play-by-play: Joel Martinez)

Live Stats: www.NMStateSports.com (click on live events link)

Twitter: @NMStateAggies

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 as it takes on Prairie View A&M, 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 immediately following the NM State football game 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.

Help the Aggies Celebrate

The NM State Athletics Department invites all fans to Monday night’s game against Bethune-Cookman as it unveils the 2012-13 Western Athletic Conference Championship and NCAA participant Banner. The took part in last year’s NCAA Tournament after winning the 2013 WAC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.

Aggies with Great Start

The New Mexico State men’s basketball team is off to a great start with a 5-1 record on the year.  The Aggies have already swept I-10 Rival UTEP after defeating the Miners 86-73 at home and 77-68 on the road.  NM State’s only loss came from Western Michigan, which was a 70-64 season-opening loss in Honolulu, Hawai’i, Nov. 8. This is the best start for the Aggies since they started 5-1 during the 2011-12 season.

Scouting Bethune-Cookman

The Wildcats head into Monday night’s game against NM State with a 2-3 record and play four games in the next six days. BCU is averaging 76.8 points per game while hitting 40-percent of its shots from the field.  The team also grabs 38 rebounds per game and marks six steals per game.

Clemmye Owens leads the Wildcats in scoring with 11.4 points per game but sophomore Allan Dempster recently scored a career-high 22 points against Trinity College (Nov. 19).  Malik Jackson leads the Wildcats on the boards with 6.2 rebounds per game.

Series against Bethune-Cookman

The Aggies are 1-0 all-time against Bethune-Cookman. NM State defeated Bethune-Cookman in Las Cruces on Dec. 30, 1994, by final score of 85-55.


About the Aggies

The Aggies are off to a 5-1 start, matching the start they had during the 2011-12 season.  NM State won the Western Athletic Conference tournament in 2012 and went on to face No. 17 Indiana in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

NM State is scoring 76.5 points per game with junior guard Daniel Mullings leading the way with 17.8 points per game.  He also leads the Aggies with 34.2 minutes per game while adding a team-high eight steals. Mullings is second on the team with 17 assists, behind junior guard KC Ross-Miller who has 24 assists.

The Aggies are pulling down 39.2 rebounds per game with junior center Tshilidzi Nephawe grabbing a team-high 8.5 boards per game.  Nephawe is also adding 9.3 points per game.  Sophomore center Sim Bhullar is averaging 7.2 board per game while scoring 10.2 points per game. NM State is out-rebounding its opponents by an average of 10.2 rebounds per game.

NM State has already shot 223 free throws but is hitting only 67-percent of shots taken from the charity stripe.


Last Week’s Top Performer

Junior guard K.C. Ross-Miller helped the Aggies to two-straight victories last week averaging 15.0 points per game, while going 15-for-18 (83%) at the free throw line.  He added a team-high 11 assists and a team-high four steals.  Ross-Miller helped the Aggies win their 13th straight home game going 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.  He followed helping the Aggies to a 77-68 win over rival UTEP with a career-high 36 points while going 3-of-4 from behind the three point arc.  Ross-Mullings added three steals as NM State swept UTEP for the first time since 2006.


In the Pan American Center

The Aggies are 2-0 in the Pan American Center this season and finished the 2012-13 season winning the last 11 games played at home to extend their home-winning streak to 13.  NM State finished the 2012-13 season with a 15-1 home record, the same record it had when the Pan American Center was opened (1968-69).  The first game played in the Pan American Center was on Nov. 30, 1968 against Colorado State.  The Aggies won that game 95-89.

NM State is 548-146 all-time in the Pan American Center.  If the Aggies win the next two games at home, they will have tallied 550 wins in the Pan American Center in 46 seasons. There have been four seasons where the Aggies have gone undefeated at home (1969-70, 1970-71, 1979-80, 1989-90)


Looking Back

Junior guard K.C. Ross-Miller tallied a career-high 26 points as the New Mexico State men’s basketball team defeated UTEP, 77-68, in the Don Haskins Center, Saturday, Nov. 23, sweeping the Miners for the first time since 2006. The Aggies improve to 5-1 while the Miners fall to 3-2.


Ross-Miller was 6-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point arc while going 11-of-14 from the charity stripe to pace the Aggies to the victory.  NM State, however, struggled as a team from the free-throw line, hitting only 67 percent of its attempts (29-for-43).


NM State outshot the Miners, hitting 47 percent from the field while holding UTEP to 43 percent field-goal shooting.  The Aggies were aggressive defensively and forced 14 turnovers, scoring 16 points off those turnovers.  Junior guard Daniel Mullings was the defensive leader marking three steals while chipping in with 17 points on the offensive side of the court.


The Aggies were clutch at the line during the last two minutes of the game going 11-of-12 with Ross-Miller leading the way by going 7-of-8 during that time.


The Aggies jumped out to an early 9-2 lead heading into the first media timeout, starting out 4-of-5 from the field.  UTEP used a hostile home crowd to get help staying in the game and the Aggies eventually lost the lead at 28-26 with 1:45 left in the first half.


NM State bounced right back, however, as forward Remi Barry worked for a layup that was followed with Mullings driving towards the basket and pulling up for a nice jumper to give the Aggies a 30-28 lead with 1:40 left in the half. Ross-Miller hit his third 3-pointer of the half to give the Aggies a five point lead heading into the locker room. The Aggies shot the ball well from behind the 3-point line, hitting 5-of-8, and NM State was 52 percent as a team from the field at the midway mark. 


NM State would never relinquish the lead in the second half and took a 10-point lead at 42-32 when junior guard DK Eldridge buried two-straight free throws at the 16:20 mark.  The Aggies went up by as many as 12 at 56-44 when senior Renaldo Dixon slammed the ball down with authority.  According to the officials, Dixon held on to the rim a second too long and was called for a technical foul.  UTEP pulled to within six points with 26 seconds left on the clock, but the Aggies maintained their poise to pull off the road win in the Don Haskins Center.


Bhullar on the Block

With three blocks in a 77-68 win at UTEP, Nov. 23, sophomore center Sim Bhullar moved into the No. 5 spot on the career-blocks list at NM State with 99 in his two years with the Aggies.  He surpassed Johnny Roberson, who tallied 98 career-blocks from 1985-89.  Former Aggie standout, Charles Gosa (1995-99) holds the No. 4 spot on the list with 116 while former Aggie All-American James Moore (2000-03) is the all-time leader with 200.

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