The New Mexico State men’s basketball team takes on Colorado State, Saturday, Nov. 30 at 4p.m. (MT) in Fort Collins, Colo. The game will air on the Aggie Sports Network with coverage in Las Cruces on KGRT 103.9 FM immediately following the NM State football game. Jay Sanderson will be giving the play-by-play as Jack Nixon will be calling the football game. ROOT Sports will produce the game for TV and fans are encouraged to check with their local cable or satellite provider for show times. Live stats are available at www.NMStateSports.com under the live events link and in-game updates will be given on Twitter @NMStateAggies.
The Aggies take on in-state rival New Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the Pan American Center at 7p.m. Tickets start at just $8 and can be purchased by calling the Pan American Center ticket office at 575-646-1420.
The game versus the Lobos will be televised by ROOT Sports and will also air over the radio waves on the Aggie Sports Network, with coverage on KGRT 103.9 FM in Las Cruces. ‘Voice of the Aggies,’ Jack Nixon will be giving the play-by-play on the radio. Fans are encouraged to check with their cable or satellite provider for show times on TV.
About The Aggies
NM State is 7-1 this season with its only loss coming from Western Michigan, Nov. 8 during the Outrigger Hotels and Resort Rainbow Warrior Classic in Honolulu, Hawai’i. This is the best start for an Aggie men’s basketball team since 2002-03 when former head coach Lou Henson led his team to a 7-1 start.
NM State is shooting 49 percent as a team and is posting 78.6 points per game. The Aggie-scoring margin is plus-12 as the NM State defense is holding its opponents to 67 points per game. NM State picks up 25 points per game from the free throw line and has shot 289 free throws, as compared to its opponents shooting 165 free throws. Junior guard Daniel Mullings leads the Aggies with 17.1 points per game.
The Aggies are out rebounding their opponents by an average of 9.6 boards while junior center Tshilidzi Nephawe leads the way with 7.6 rebounds per game and sophomore Sim Bhullar is adding 7.0 rebounds per game.
Junior guard K.C. Ross-Miller leads the Aggie offense with a team-high 33 assists on the season, while on the defensive side of the court, Sim Bhullar has tallied 26 blocks on the year with the team marking 49 blocks.
Scouting the Rams
Colorado State is 5-2 on the season with all wins coming on its home court. CSU is scoring 79.3 points per game and is shooting 44 percent from the field. J.J. Avila is the scoring leader posting 17.6 points per game while hitting 48 percent of his shots. Marcus Holt, who comes off the bench for the Rams, has the highest field goal percentage on the team going 16-of-20 from the field.
CSU averages 37.4 rebounds per game and is out-rebounding its opponents by 4.9 boards per game. Daniel Bejarano is the leading rebounder with 7.7 per game.
CSU is marking 5.7 steals per game.
Series versus Colorado State
The Aggies are 1-2 all-time against Colorado State. NM State fell in the first meeting between the two teams on Jan. 24, 1966 in Fort Collins, 109-70. The Aggies lost to CSU 63-55 on the road on Dec. 9, 1966. NM State won the last meeting 95-89 in Las Cruces, Nov. 30, 1968.
Last Time Out (Recap vs. Prairie View A&M)
The New Mexico State men’s basketball team improved to 7-1 after defeating Prairie View A&M, 91-60, on Wednesday night inside the Pan American Center. The Aggies have won seven-straight games after losing their first game of the season to Western Michigan in Hawai’i. The Panthers, meanwhile fall to 1-5.
Not only was it the 15th-consecutive win for NM State in front of its home crowd, it was also the 550th win for the Aggie men’s basketball program inside the Pan American Center.
NM State was led by its 7-foot-5 sophomore center Sim Bhullar who etched his name in the Aggie record books by finishing with 10 total blocks, breaking the record for most individual blocks in a game held by former NM State player James Moore who had eight blocks on Feb. 7, 2004.
The Aggies as a team had a total of 14 blocks against Prairie View, also breaking the record for most blocks in a game by a NM State team. The old record was 12, done twice by the Aggies, first versus Creighton in 1978 and again this past February against Texas-San Antonio.
Bhullar also added 11 points for a rare points-blocks double-double, his second double-double of the season. The Aggie big man was two rebounds away from his first triple-double in his career after finishing with eight boards on the night.
NM State junior guard Daniel Mullings led the team in both points and rebounds after finishing with 17 and nine respectively, barely missing his first double-double of the season.
Junior guard DK Eldridge added 16 points for the Aggies while fellow junior guard K.C. Ross-Miller added another 11 points.
NM State almost sank half of its shots, making 28-of-57 to finish with a 49.1 shooting percentage while holding the Panthers to 30-percent shooting.
The Aggies head into Saturday’s game against Colorado State riding a seven-game winning streak. NM State is shooting 52 percent from the field during that time and is averaging 80.7 points per game. Daniel Mullings has averaged 18.6 points per game during the streak while Sim Bhullar has posted 25 blocks during that same time.
NM State posted a 12-game winning streak last season that started with an 82-62 win over UTSA, Jan. 3, 2013. The last win of that streak was a 67-57 victory at San Jose State on Feb. 14, 2013. During that streak, the Aggies snuck away with a win at Seattle U in double-overtime by the score of 83-82 (Jan. 10, 2013) and followed with a one-point win at Idaho (Jan. 12, 2013). That 12-game winning streak is the longest for the Aggies during the Marvin Menzies era.
Sophomore center Sim Bhullar broke the school record for blocks in a single game when he tallied 10 blocks against Prairie View A&M, Wednesday, Nov. 27 during a 91-60 victory in the Pan American Center. The Aggies as a team tallied 14 blocks in the same game, which broke the school record for blocks in a game as a team.
Former Aggie All-American James Moore previously held the individual record for blocks in a game when he tallied eight blocks against North Texas on Feb. 7, 2004.
Before NM State tallied 14 blocks on Wednesday, the school record was 12 in a single game. It was accomplished twice (vs. Creighton – Jan. 12, 1978; vs. UTSA – Feb. 2, 2013).
Career Blocks at NM State
Sim Bhullar continues to climb the all-time blocked shots list at NM State. He is currently No. 5 with 111 blocks in his two years with the Aggies.
1. James Moore (2000-03) – 200
2. Hamidu Rahman (2008-12) – 137
3. Slab Jones (1976-80) – 124
4. Charles Gosa (1995-99) – 116
5. Sim Bhullar (2012-Present) – 111
In the Pan American Center
The Aggies are 4-0 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 15. 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.
The win versus Prairie View A&M on Wednesday, Nov. 27 was win No. 550 all-time in the Pan American Center. NM State is now 550-146 all-time in that arena.
There have been four seasons where the Aggies have gone undefeated at home (1969-70, 1970-71, 1979-80, 1989-90).
Shooting for 1,000 – The Countdown Continues
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 137 points this season and now has 954 points on his career, needing 46 more points to reach the 1,000-point mark. He is currently averaging 17.1 points per game this season, which means he could reach 1,000 points within the next five games.
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).
Ross-Miller comes through at the charity strip
Ross-Miller is currently 84% from the free throw line hitting 36-of-43 attempts from the stripe. He was 11-of-14 at UTEP last week and 2-for-2 against Prairie View A&M in the most recent game.
Ross-Miller went 10-of-12 at the free throw line during a 95-88 win over Hawai’i in the final game of the Outrigger Hotels and Resort Rainbow Classic. He hit 10 consecutive free throws in the final 10 seconds of the game to boost the Aggies to victory.
Ross-Miller went 15-of-18 (83%) from the free throw line during the first three games of the season and finished the tournament scoring 7.3 points per game and dishing out 12 assists, a team-high.
Dishing the Ball
Junior guard K.C. Ross-Miller leads the Aggies with 33 assists this season, averaging 4.1 a game. He tallied a career-high seven assists in a 79-56 win over Bethune-Cookman, Monday, Nov. 25 in the Pan American Center.
Ross-Miller marked 69 assists during the 2012-13 season in 30 games with the Aggies. He is working hard to find his Aggie teammates and hopes to enter the top-10 for assists in a single season at NM State. Former Aggie Fred Peete holds the No. 10 spot on the list as he marked 145 assists during the 2007-08 season. Aggie great, Sam Crawford holds the top two spots on the list as he tallied 310 assists during the 1992-93 year, after dishing out 282 assists during the 1991-92 season.
NM State has dunked the ball 37 times compared to its opponents only dunking it on the Aggies eight times this year. Sim Bhullar leads the way with 17 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.