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Aggie Basketball – Saturday, Nov. 23
NM State 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. The game will be available on the radio with Jay Sanderson filling in for the ‘Voice of the Aggies,’ Jack Nixon, who will be with the NM State football team. 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.
The Aggies as a Team
NM State his shooting 48-percent as a team and is averaging 76.9 points per game, while outscoring its opponents by an average of 6.6 points. The Aggies have won four straight after losing the season opener to Western Michigan, 70-64 in Honolulu.
The Aggies are struggling from the 3-point arc hitting only 26-percente of their shots but are out-rebounding their opponents by an average of 41-28.
Junior guard Daniel Mullings leads the team in the scoring column averaging 18.0 points per game, while sophomore center Sim Bhullar is posting 11.4 points per game and junior guard DK Eldridge is putting up 11.2 points per game.
Junior Tshilidzi Nephawe is grabbing a team-high 8.0 rebounds per game, although Bhullar isn’t too far behind with 7.4 boards per game. Bhullar also has a team-high 11 blocks per game.
NM State vs. UTEP
The Aggies are now 105-100 all-time against UTEP after winning 86-73 in the Pan American Center, Nov. 15. The Aggies are now 54-42 against UTEP when playing in the Pan American Center.
Aggies Against UTEP on the Road
NM State is 49-58 all-time against the Miners when playing on their home court. The Aggies are 2-8 in the last 10 games at the Don Haskins Center. The last time NM State won on UTEP’s home court was on Dec. 13, 2009 when the Aggies walked away with an 87-80 victory. Previous to that, NM State won 68-62 on Dec. 16, 2006.
Scouting the Miners
The Miners head into Saturday’s game against the Aggies with a 3-1 overall record. UTEP defeated (future Aggie opponent) Colorado State 82-74 at home, Nov. 19. UTEP is posting 76.5 points per game and is outscoring its opponents by 12.8 points per game. The Miners have three players averaging double-digit scoring figures with McKenzie Moore marking 14.0 points per game. Vince Hunter, who leads the Miners with 8.3 rebounds per game, is dropping 11.3 points per competition.
Last Game Against UTEP
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 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.
Last Time Out (Recap versus Northern Colorado)
It took a missed three by Northern Colorado and a late hoop and foul by Aggie junior guard Daniel Mullings, but the New Mexico State men’s basketball team defeated the Bears, 67-63, Wednesday night inside the Pan American Center.
NM State extends its winning streak to four games and improves to 4-1 while winning its 13th-straight at home. Northern Colorado was handed its first loss of the season and falls to 2-1.
The game came down to the final possessions, as the Bears had the ball with the shot clock turned off and trailing by one, 64-63. A missed 3-pointer by Northern Colorado’s Tate Unruh and an ensuing scramble for the ball gave Mullings a breakaway chance. Mullings converted a layup while being fouled with 3.1 seconds left on the clock. He converted the free throw to give the Aggies the 67-63 victory.
For the fourth-consecutive game Mullings led NM State in scoring, finishing with a game-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting. He also finished tied for the Aggie rebound lead with seven total rebounds. Sophomore center Sim Bhullar also had seven rebounds and also finished in double-digit points with 10, all in the first half.
Junior guard DK Eldridge scored 10 points, while senior forward Renaldo Dixon also added 10 points, a season-high.
NM State outshot the Bears 48.1 percent to 37.9. But the Aggies struggled from both the 3-point line and free-throw line, which kept Northern Colorado in the game and helped them almost pull off the upset. The Aggies finished 1-of-11 from beyond the arc and shot 56 percent (14-25) from the charity stripe.
Home Winning Streak
The Aggies are currently on a 13-game home win streak. The winning streak started with a 71-51 win over Missouri State on Dec. 22, 2012. NM State has yet to lose a game in the Pan American Center in 2013. The Aggies final home win of the 2012-13 season came against UT-Arlington when the team escaped with a 69-66 win. The Aggies won 11-straight at home to finish off the 2012-13 year and opened the 2013-14 season with back-to-back home wins.
With two more wins in the Pan American Center, the Aggies will have tallied a total of 550 wins in the arena. During the first year of the Pan American Center’s existence (1968-69), NM State went 15-1. The Aggies were 15-1 last year as well.
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.
NM State has dunked the ball 25 times compared to its opponents only dunking it on the Aggies six times this year. Sim Bhullar leads the way with 18 dunks after slamming it down on Hawai’i six times. Daniel Mullings has had some of the most entertaining dunks, with one put-back dunk against Northern Colorado making ESPN Sportcenter’s Top 10 Plays, at No. 6, on Nov. 21.
Shooting to 1,000
Junior guard and Canadian native, Daniel Mullings led the NM State men’s basketball team with 483 points during the 2012-13 season. During the 2011-12 season he tallied a total of 334 points. Prior to the start of this season Mullings needed 183 points to reach 1,000 points for NM State.
Mullings has scored 90 points this season and now has 907 points on his career, needing 93 more points to reach the 1,000-point mark. He is currently averaging 18.0 points per game this season, which means he could reach 1,000 points by the mid-season mark.
Eric Channing is NM State’s all-time scoring leader with 1,862 points. Channing played for the Aggies from 1998-02. Former Aggie guard Hernst Laroche is No. 15 on all-time points scored. He was under coach Menzies from 2008-12 and scored a total of 400 points his first two years at NM State.
George Knighton was the first Aggie to ever reach 1,000 points. He played for NM State from 1960-62 and scored over 1,000 points his first two years. The most recent Aggies to enter the 1,000 Point Club were Wendell McKines, Hernst Laroche, and Hamidu Rahman in 2012. Former Aggie Billy Keys is currently No. 31 on the 1,000-point list with 1,004 points in 65 games played (two seasons; 1999-00).
It’s no secret that the NM State men’s basketball team towers over the competition more times than none. But how tall is our whole team put together? When the height of the entire roster of 13 Aggie players is added up it comes out to 84 feet, 9 inches or 1017 inches.
The frontcourt, made up of seven players combine, combines for a height of 48 feet or 576 inches. The Aggies have an average height of 6 feet, 5 inches or 78.2 inches.
Big Sim Bhullar
Sophomore center and Canadian native, Sim Bhullar has played just one season for NM State and already boasts a list of accomplishments. He earned WAC Freshman of the Year after the 2012-13 season. He is the first Aggie to receive this award. The last Aggie to receive Freshman of the Year honors was James Moore in 2001 for the Sun Belt Conference.
Bhullar helped NM State win its second consecutive WAC Tournament title and was named WAC Tournament Most Valuable Player. He became the first freshmen since Shawn Bradley in 1991 to receive that award.
Bhullar broke the Aggie record of most blocked shots in a season with 85. He is currently No. 7 on the all-time list at NM State, right behind Sam Lacey (1967-70), who tallied 92 career blocks. Bhullar shot 62.1 percent from the field as a freshman, which ranked fourth on the single season list and first in WAC. During WAC play last year, Bhullar led the league in field goal percentage (60.2) and blocks (54). Bhullar was third team All-WAC and WAC All-Newcomer team selection.
Mullings and Naphawe Named to Outrigger Hotels and Resort Rainbow Classic All-Tournament Team
Junior guard Daniel Mullings earned all-tournament team honors after shooting 43 percent from the field and averaging 14.7 points per game in three games played on the island of Oahu. He marked a team-high 21 points in a 95-88 victory to wrap up the tournament.
Redshirt junior forward Tshilidzi Nephawe also earned all-tournament team accolades as he shot 65 percent from the field and averaged 11 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. He had his best game during the season opener when he marked a career-high 18 points against Western Michigan, Nov. 7. Nephawe marked a double-double against Tennessee State, posting 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds during a career-high 31 minutes of play.