The New Mexico State men's basketball team continues its WAC opening road trip at Louisiana Tech, Monday, Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. in Ruston, La. The game can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network and KGRT 104 FM in Las Cruces with the 'Voice of the Aggies' Jack Nixon, and the pregame show starts 30 minutes prior to tip.
New Mexico State Aggies
The Aggies are 6-7 and 1-0 in the WAC this season after falling at UT Arlington, 68-47, Dec. 29 in Arlington, Texas. Sophomore guard Daniel Mullings is leading the team with 14.2 points per game. Senior forward Tyrone Watson adds 10.1 points per game, and freshman center Sim Bhullar contributes 8.8 points per contest.
Scouting Louisiana Tech
The Bulldogs are 10-3 and 1-0 in the WAC after beating Denver, 68-60, Dec. 29 in Ruston. Sophomore guard Raheem Appleby is posting a team-high 17.3 points per game, and junior guard Cordarius Johnson is also in double figures with 11.5 points per contest.
NM State has a 15-3 record all-time against Louisiana Tech. The Aggies won all three games last season and have won the last seven in the series.
The Aggies won their third WAC Tournament Championship in school history with an 82-57 win over No. 5 seed Louisiana Tech, March 10, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nev. The Aggies earned their 19th NCAA Tournament appearance with the victory and their second WAC title in three years. Forward Wendell McKines guided the Aggies with his 20th double-double of the season with 27 points and 14 rebounds on 12-of-16 shooting. Forward Tyrone Watson and guard Daniel Mullings supplied 12 points each. Center Hamidu Rahman added nine points and three blocked shots, and guard Hernst Laroche had eight points, six rebounds and six assists in the title game.
Aggies Falter in WAC Opener
For the first time in a WAC opening game, NM State suffered a 68-47 loss at UT Arlington, Dec. 29. The Aggies are 5-1 in conference openers under head coach Marvin Menzies. Sophomore guard Daniel Mullings scored a game-high 21 points for the Aggies with his fourth 20-point effort of the season. Freshman center Sim Bhullar was also in double figures with 14 points and a career-high five blocked shots. The Aggies struggled offensively and shot 33.3 percent from the field (17-of-51), and were out-rebounded for only the fourth game this season, 44-37.