LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Nov. 5)-The New Mexico State men's basketball team rolled to a 98-49 win over Western New Mexico in its lone exhibition game of the season.
The Aggies had five players in double figures with senior forward Tyrone Watson and sophomore guard Daniel Mullings providing 13 points each. Senior forward Bandja Sy added 12 points, junior center Tshilidzi Nephawe chipped in 11 and redshirt freshman guard Eric Weary had 10.
NM State utilized its size advantage for a 20-rebound edge on the boards, 46-26, and Sy grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. The Aggies shot the ball well and recorded a 57.1 field goal percentage (36-of-63) and 45.5 3-point percentage (10-of-22).
The Aggies built a 52-27 halftime lead behind a balanced offense. Sy led all scorers after the first half with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Watson added nine points on a 4-of-4 performance from the field. NM State shot 58.8 percent from the field as a team, and Mullings supplied eight points, while sophomore guard K.C. Ross-Miller had seven.
The Aggies went 4-of-9 from the 3-point line with junior guard Kevin Aronis leading the way with a 2-of-2 showing behind the line.
NM State opens the regular season at Oregon State, Sunday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU.