NMSU vs. Idaho Game Note
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  01/24/2007
NMSU vs. Idaho – Game Notes

First Half:

  • Idaho’s Darin Nagle, who had six blocks in the first meeting between the two schools this year, committed two fouls in the first three minutes of the game.
  • The game was tied, 4-4, early on before the Aggies went on a 12-3 run to lead 16-7 at the 12:30 mark. NMSU extended the run to 22-5 when Sean Davis’ three capped it off at the 8:54 mark.
  • Both teams started the game out cold from the field, as they both were shooting under 40 percent (NMSU – 6-of-17, 35.3 percent; ISU – 4-of-12, 33.3 percent) in the first 10 minutes of the game.
  • NMSU scored 12 unanswered points in a 2 minute, 54 second stretch that ended with a Hatila Passos Dunk to give the Aggies a 28-14 lead with 8:06 remaining in the half.
  • Sean Davis’ 3-pointer at the 4:46 mark gave the Aggies a 21-point lead. The tray was the third in the game for Davis, which is a new season-high.
  • NMSU led, 41-20, at the break. The 20 points that the Aggies allowed was a season-low for points in a half. It was the Aggies first lead over Idaho at the half in the last two games.
  • New Mexico State held the Vandals to 28 percent from the field in the half and forced them to turn the ball over 10 times.
  • Passos led the Aggies in the half with 12 points and seven rebounds, all of which were offensive. Davis added 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting from downtown.

Second Half:

  • Senior guard Ted Knauber hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to give NMSU a 54-30 lead with 14 minutes left to play.
  • Hatila Passos’ rebound off a Darin Nagle missed free throw gave him 10 rebounds to go along with his 16 points and third career double-double and third in his last four games.
  • Idaho used a 12-5 run to cut the Aggies lead to 65-51 with just over six minutes to play.
  • NMSU outscored Idaho by four in the final six minutes to win, 84-66.

Final Notes:

  • New Mexico State improves to 16-4 and 6-1 in the WAC while Idaho falls to 3-16 and 1-6.
  • NMSU has now won 16 straight games at the Pan American Center and won 15 of its last 16 games overall.
  • Hatila Passos finished with 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, 11 on the offensive glass.
  • The Aggies improve to 6-0 all-time against Idaho in Las Cruces.
  • Tyrone Nelson had a season-high five steals.
  • NMSU improves to 11-0 when shooting better than its opponents.
  • The Aggies had 34 points in the paint, 26 points off the bench, 27 points off the 20 Idaho turnovers and 23 offensive rebounds.

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