The Aggies had four players in double-figures (14-14, 8-5) with junior forward Troy Gillenwater posting a team-high 18 points. Sophomore forward Tyrone Watson and freshman guard Christian Kabongo supplied 11 each. Sophomore forward/center B.J. West scored a career-high 10 points, and junior guard Hernst Laroche recorded nine points and a season-high nine assists. NM State slipped to 1-3 in overtime games this season.
The Aggies trailed
At the midpoint of the first half,
With the first points of the second half, the Aggies tied the contest, 35-35, on a pair of free throws from freshman center Tshilidzi Nephawe.
The Aggies fell behind 52-41, with 11:29 to play before the team rallied with 10 straight points to cut the Spartan lead to 52-51 at 8:46.
NM State evened the score at 59-59 on a Watson dunk at 3:47, and the lead changed five times in the last three minutes of regulation. The Aggies claimed a 66-65 advantage with :53 seconds to play when Gillenwater nailed a 3-poitner.
On their final possession,
In the extra period, the Aggies responded to each Spartan basket and then forced a turnover down two, 72-70, with 17.9 seconds remaining. With time expiring Gillenwater’s 3-point attempt missed and Laroche’s put back didn’t fall.
The Aggies continue their final regular season road trip at