Aggie Menís Basketball Faces UTEP for the Battle of I-10, Friday in the Pan American Center
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  11/13/2013

The Aggies open their 2013-14 home schedule, Friday, Nov. 15 at 7p.m. (MT) when they take on I-10 Rival UTEP in the Pan American Center. The game is scheduled to air on the radio with ‘Voice of the Aggies’ Jack Nixon giving the play-by-play on KGRT 103.9 FM, while it is also scheduled to air on TV as a part of the AggieVision productions. Fans should check their local listings for show times or log on to the Internet at www.AggieVision.tv.

Live stats are available for free at www.NMStateSports.com under the live events link while a score updates will be posted on Twitter @NMStateAggies.

Friday’s game against the Miners will be the 205th meeting between the two teams with NM State leading the series 104-100. The first meeting between the two teams was in 1915 when the Aggies won 32-28.  NM State’s most lopsided win came in 1918 when the Aggies beat UTEP 55-8 in Las Cruces.

DID YOU KNOW?  New Mexico State’s longest winning streak over the Miners is 20 games, spanning from Jan. 22, 1932 to Feb. 19, 1940. That is twice as long as the Miner’s streak of 10 straight wins.

DID YOU KNOW? The Aggies are 54-42 when playing UTEP at home.

DID YOU KNOW? Over the past two seasons, the series has been split between the two teams at 2-2.

DID YOU KNOW? The last three games between the two programs have been decided by less than four points each.

DID YOU KNOW? The Aggies are 4-8 against the Miners under head coach Marvin Menzies.

Aggies versus UTEP

The Aggies are 104-100 all-time against the Miners. They met for the very first time Feb. 10, 1915, the Aggies came out victorious with a score of 32-28. UTEP beat NM State Feb. 1, 1923 for the first time with a score of 12-13.They met twice during the 2012-13 season. The Aggies fell short on a point on Nov. 28, 2012 with a total score of 54-55. The last time they met was Feb. 23, the Aggies won with a score of 55-51. 

Last meeting versus the Miners

The New Mexico State men's basketball team used a late 16-3 run to defeat I-10 rival UTEP, 55-51. Junior guard Kevin Aronis scored a game-high 11 points to lead the Aggies to a season spilt with the Miners, Feb. 23, 2013.

Aronis scored all 11 points in the second half on 4-of-6 shooting from the field, including a 3-of-5 performance from the 3-point line. Senior forward Bandja Sy was also in double figures with 10 points.

Junior forward Renaldo Dixon had eight points and eight rebounds, and freshman center Sim Bhullar ended the night with six points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots in a career-high 37 minutes of action. With his second rejection of the game, Bhullar set the NM State single-season blocked shots record. He now has 60 blocks in his debut season.

After UTEP posted its largest lead of the game, nine points, 48-39 with 7:06 to play, the Aggie defense turned up the pressure. NM State scored the next eight points to cut the advantage to one, 48-47, on a free throw from sophomore guard Daniel Mullings with 2:47 to play.

UTEP answered with a 3-pointer for a 51-47 lead at 2:22 and it would be the last points of the night for the Miners. Aronis responded with his third triple of the game and a jumper from the wing in consecutive possessions, and the Aggies captured a 52-51 lead with 1:12 left in regulation. It was the Aggies' first lead since the 12:06 mark.

After a missed UTEP 3-pointer, sophomore guard Terrel de Rouen hit two free throws with 24.5 seconds left to give NM State a 54-51 lead. The Aggie defense stayed strong on the next possession, and Bhullar grabbed the rebound on a missed 3-pointer. Sy sealed the win with a free throw with 1.7 seconds to play.

The Aggies had a 17-14 halftime lead after a defensive showdown in the first half. Sy led all scorers with five points in the first 20 minutes of action. Dixon added four points and six rebounds. The Aggies only shot 22.7 percent from the field (5-of-22) in the first half. The mark was a season-low number in a half for the Crimson and White.

Last time the Aggies took the court

Junior guard K.C. Ross-Miller hit 10-straight free throws in the last 37 seconds of the game and junior forward Remi Barry scored a career-high 18 points to give the New Mexico State men’s basketball team the boost it needed to defeat Hawai’i 95-88 in the final game of the Outrigger Hotels and Resort Rainbow Classic, Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the Stan Sheriff Center. NM State is now 2-1 on the year, and Hawai’i is also 2-1.

Junior guard Daniel Mullings, who earned all-tournament team honors, scored a team-high 21 points against the Rainbow Warriors.  The last time Mullings scored at least 20 points was on March 7, 2013 during a 78-60 win over Louisiana Tech.  He and Ross-Miller combined for an 18-of-24 night at the free throw line.

NM State shot 25-of-40 at the free throw line in the season opening loss to Western Michigan, Nov. 8.

The Aggies shot 57 percent (30-of-52) from the field on Tuesday morning and held UH to a 42 percent field goal percentage.  Sophomore Sim Bhullar made his presence known in the middle posting a game-high four blocks to go along with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting in 30 minutes of play.

Career-night for Barry

Junior forward Remi Barry tallied a career-high 18 points in a 95-88 win over host team Hawai’i, during the final game of the Outrigger Hotels and Resort Rainbow Classic, Tuesday, Nov. 12.  He went 6-of-7 from the field, while hitting 4-of-5 free throws and pulling down six rebounds.

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.

Ross-Miller comes through at the charity strip

Junior guard K.C. 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.

Slam Dunk

NM State has dunked the ball 17 times compared to its opponents only dunking it on the Aggies twice this year.  Sim Bhullar leads the way with 12 dunks after slamming it down on Hawai’i six times.  Tshilidzi Nephawe and Daniel Mullings each have two dunks and Renaldo Dixon has one.

Mullings with Nice Showing versus Tennessee State

Junior guard Daniel Mullings tied a career-high 16 field goal attempts during the 70-55 victory over Tennessee State, Nov. 9, 2013.  He has attempted 16 field goals in a game three times during his career with the first coming against Bucknell, Nov. 17, 2012, as the Aggies lost, 62-49.

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 23 points this season and now has 861 points on his career, needing 139 more points to reach the 1,000-point mark. He is currently averaging 14.7 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.Hernst Laroche is currently 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).

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