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Aggies Fall at Hawaii on Last Road Trip
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  02/27/2011

 

HONOLULU, Hawai’i (Feb. 26)-Freshman guard Christian Kabongo scored a career-high 22 points, but the New Mexico State men’s basketball team lost at Hawai’i, 76-70.

 

In the final road game of the regular season, junior guard Hernst Laroche scored 15 points and senior guard Gordo Castillo added 14 for the Aggies (14-15, 8-6).  

 

The Aggies ended the first half with a 10-2 run to cut the Hawai’i advantage to two points, 35-33. Castillo was instrumental in the rally with a pair of 3-pointers, and he paced the Aggies with nine points at the break.

 

Kabongo supplied eight points off the bench. Laroche scored seven points, and junior forward Troy Gillenwater added five.

 

The Aggies lone lead of the first half occurred with the first basket of the game from Gillenwater. The Rainbow Warriors responded and led by 11 points, 31-20, with 5:43 left in the first half. The NM State defense stepped up and held Hawai’i to only four points in the remaining minutes of the half.

 

Sophomore forward Bandja Sy notched the Aggies’ first four points of the second half to even the score at 37-37.

 

Hawai’i built a double-digit lead, 56-43, at 11:56. The Aggies steadily cut the Rainbow Warriors lead to five, 65-60 at 5:37 on a Laroche jumper.

 

A pair of free throws from sophomore forward Tyrone Watson brought the Aggies within four, 67-63, with 2:15 to play.

 

The Aggies conclude the regular season with a pair of home games against Utah State, Wednesday, March 2 at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 and Nevada, Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m.

 



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