The Aggies are looking to defend their WAC Tournament crown after finishing in third place in the conference regular season. NM State improved to 15-16 and 9-7 in the league following a 77-68 win over
WAC Tournament History
Since joining the WAC in 2005-06, the Aggies have a 10-3 record in the conference tournament. NM State has two tournament titles in 2007 and 2010, and has won two of the last four championships. In head coach Marvin Menzies’ tenure, the Aggies have played in the championship game twice, 2008 and 2010. NM State fell to
2010 WAC Tournament Recap
The Aggies won their second WAC Tournament Championship in 2010 as the No. 3 seed with a 69-63 win over
Gillenwater Named First Team All-WAC
Junior forward Troy Gillenwater garnered first team All-WAC honors in 2010-11. This is Gillenwater’s first career All-WAC selection. Also, the fifth consecutive season the Aggies have had a first team all-conference honoree. Gillenwater leads the Aggies with 19.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. In conference games, he averaged 20.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He has 12 games over 20 points this year and 15 in his career.
Aggie Double-Doubles in 2010-11
The Aggies have had eight double-doubles this season. Junior forward Troy Gillenwater leads the team with four. Senior guard Gordo Castillo, freshman center Tshilidzi Nephawe, junior center Hamidu Rahman and sophomore forward Tyrone Watson have all recorded a double-double in 2010-11.
In the NCAA rankings, junior forward Troy Gillenwater is No. 36 in points per game (19.2). Junior guard Hernst Laroche is No. 40 in steals (2.0 per game) and No. 59 in assists (4.8 per game). As a team, the Aggies rank No. 50 in 3-point field goal defense (31.9) and No. 85 in scoring offense (72.1) as of March 6.
Home Sweet Home
NM State utilized its home court advantage this season at the
A Floor General
Junior guard Hernst Laroche continues his command at the point for the Aggies in 2010-11 with a team-high 148 assists and 61 steals. He also ranks second in scoring with 11.5 points per game. Laroche has 412 career assists and ranks second on the all-time list at NM State.
Career Leaders in Assists
1. Sam Crawford-592
2. Hernst Laroche-412
3. Keith Hill-379
4. Ernest Patterson-371
5. Steve Colter-347
Gillenwater Joins 1,000-Point Club
Junior forward Troy Gillenwater became the 27th member of the Aggie 1,000-point club, March 2. Against No. 25/21
Castillo Celebrated Aggie Career
In his final game in the
Kabongo Produces against Rainbow Warriors
Freshman guard Christian Kabongo had a career night at
Watson Takes Advantage of Sophomore Season
Sophomore forward Tyrone Watson has been a mainstay in the Aggie lineup this season. He is only one of two players to start all 31 games in 2010-11. He is averaging 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Watson ranks second on the team in assists (70) and second in steals (38).
Laroche is the Aggie Iron Man
Junior guard Hernst Laroche has started in every game for the Aggies since he arrived in
Nephawe Defends the Rim
Freshman center Tshilidzi Nephawe has played a significant role for the Aggies in his freshman campaign. He has a team-high 31 blocked shots.
Castillo for Three
Senior guard Gordo Castillo is currently fifth on the all-time list for career 3-pointers with 160.
Career Leaders in Made 3-Point Field Goals
1. Eric Channing-283
2. Jonathan Gibson-259
3. Jeff McCool-206
5. Gordo Castillo-160
Gillenwater Shoots and Scores
Junior forward Troy Gillenwater is leading the team in scoring and rebounding with 19.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. In WAC games, he increased that production to 20.1 points. He has 12 games over 20 points this year and 15 in his career. Gillenwater set a career high with 34 points in the overtime win against Boise State, 96-87, Jan. 27. He has now surpassed the 30-point plateau four times this year and has recorded four double-doubles in 2010-11.
Containing the Opponent
The Aggies are currently 12-2 when they hold opponents to 70 points or less. NM State has held two WAC opponents under 55 points this year, Louisiana Tech (49) and
Stacking up against the WAC
Junior forward Troy Gillenwater ranks second in the WAC in scoring (19.2), eighth in rebounding (6.6) and eighth in blocked shots (0.88). Junior guard Hernst Laroche is first in assists per game (4.77), third in steals per game (1.97) and third in assist to turnover ratio (1.74). Sophomore forward Tyrone Watson ranks eighth in steals (1.23). Senior guard Gordo Castillo is fifth in 3-pointer field goal percentage (40.6) and fifth in 3-pointers made (2.17). In blocked shots, freshman center Tshilidzi Nephawe is seventh (1.00), and he is ninth in free throw percentage (75.3).
As a team, the Aggies are third in blocked shots (3.77), turnover margin (+0.48), steals per game (6.61) and 3-point field goal defense (31.9) as of March 5.
In WAC games only, junior forward Troy Gillenwater ranked second in scoring (20.1 points per game), ninth in rebounding (6.5) and tied for sixth in blocked shots (1.00). Junior guard Hernst Laroche finished first in assists (5.13), fourth in steals (1.69) and sixth in assist to turnover ratio (1.71). Sophomore forward Tyrone Watson ranked second in field goal percentage (60.5). Freshman center Tshilidzi Nephawe was fifth in free throw percentage (80.0) and tied for sixth in blocked shots (1.00). Senior guard Gordo Castillo finished third in 3-pointers made (2.25) and ninth in 3-point field goal percentage (39.6).
As a team, the Aggies posted a WAC-best scoring offense with 72.5 points per game. NM State ranked second in scoring margin (+3.5), turnover margin (+1.06) and third in 3-point field goal percentage defense (30.2), field goal percentage (46.1) and blocked shots (3.44). The Aggies tied for third in steals (6.81) and rebounding defense (34.0).
Defense Sets Standard
After escaping Louisiana Tech with a 50-49 victory, Feb. 12, the 49 points tied a program-best mark in WAC games for the Aggies. NM State first held a WAC opponent to under 50 points, Feb. 6, 2008, in an 88-49 win over
Rahman Climbs the Ladder
Junior center Hamidu Rahman currently has 98 career blocked shots. He is now tied for No. 4 with Johnny Roberson on the Aggie all-time list.
Career Leaders in Blocked Shots
1. James Moore-200
2. Slab Jones-124
3. Charles Goza-116
4. Johnny Roberson-98
4. Hamidu Rahman-98
6. Sam Lacey-92
7. Martin Iti-82
Menzies Becomes Sixth Winningest Coach at NM State
With the win over
All-Time Winningest Coaches (by victories)
1. Lou Henson-289
2. Neil McCarthy-229
3. Jerry Hines-157
4. Presley Askew-135
5. Weldon Drew-82
6. Marvin Menzies-75
McKines to Redshirt 2010-11 Season
Senior forward Wendell McKines has decided to redshirt the 2010-11 season. He has been sidelined this year due to a broken foot he sustained in mid-October. An All-WAC honorable mention selection in 2009-10, McKines averaged 10.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, a team-best mark. He now ranks No.6 on the all-time rebounding list at NM State with 761 boards. He ranked first in the WAC in conference games with 9.8 rebounds per game. McKines also posted nine double-doubles in 2009-10 and has 27 in his career.
The No. 6 seeded Wolf Pack finished the regular season 12-18 and 8-8 in the WAC.
After splitting the season series, the Aggies have a slight 18-15 advantage in the all-time series and are 1-0 in neutral site games. NM State won the regular season finale, 77-68, March 5 in
In his last game in the
In the first match-up, NM State had a three-game win streak snapped with a 90-71 loss at
The Bulldogs are 14-16, finished 6-10 in the WAC and are the No. 7 seed. Freshman guard Kevin Olekaibe has a team-high 11.9 points per game. Sophomore center Greg Smith adds 11.7 points per game, while junior guard Tim Steed provides 10.3 points per contest.
The Aggies and Bulldogs split the regular season games with each team winning at home. NM State won, 80-68, Jan. 8 in
In the third overtime game of the season, the Aggies lost at Fresno State, 88-83, Feb. 3. Junior forward Troy Gillenwater scored a game-high 33 points in the second overtime contest in the last three games. Sophomore forward Tyrone Watson supplied 14 points, and junior guard Hernst Laroche and freshman guard Christian Kabongo provided 10 points each.
In the WAC home opener, Gillenwater recorded his third double-double of the season to lead NM State to an 80-68 win over
The Broncos finished in second place in the WAC with a 19-11 overall record and 10-6 conference record.
NM State leads the all-time series 15-10 after each team won on its home floor this season. In neutral site games, the Aggies post a 2-0 lead.
In their second overtime game of the season, the Aggies survived Boise State, 96-87, Jan. 27. Junior forward Troy Gillenwater scored a career-high 34 points. Junior guard Hernst Laroche also had a career night with 24 points, and sophomore forward Tyrone Watson recorded his first double-double with a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The Aggies said goodbye to 2010 with its second WAC game of the season at
As the No. 5 seed, the Rainbow Warriors are 18-11 and finished 8-8 in the WAC. Junior guard Zane Johnson and senior forward Bill Amis are guiding the team with 15.8 points and 15.1 points, respectively.
The Aggies have a 12-3 lead in the all-time series with
In the final road game of the regular season, NM State fell at
The Aggies beat
The Spartans are 15-14 with a 5-11 WAC record and are the No. 8 seed in the conference tournament.
NM State has a 30-12 advantage in the all-time series, and the teams have split a pair of neutral site games. The Aggies won the first meeting of the season, 78-53, Jan. 15 in
The Aggies suffered a 72-70 overtime loss at
The Aggies defeated San Jose State, 78-53, Jan. 15. Gillenwater scored 18 points, and senior guard Gordo Castillo tallied 17. Kabongo added 14 points. The Aggies held the Spartans to 18 points in the first half, a season low in a half. NM State also held
The Vandals finished the regular season 18-12 and 9-7 in the WAC.
The Aggies have a 19-3 advantage in the all-time series after sweeping the Vandals this season. NM State won 74-69, in
The Aggies swept the series with
NM State opened 2010-11 WAC play with a 74-69 win at
The Navy-clad Aggies enter the tournament as the No. 1 seed following 28-3 overall record and 15-1 WAC record. Senior forward Tai Wesley averages a team-high 14.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Junior guard Brockeith Pane adds 11.2 points per contest, and senior guard Brian Green provides 10.8 points per game.
NM State suffered its first WAC loss at home this season to No. 25/21
The Aggies suffered a tough 59-49 loss at