The Aggies are 15-8 and tied for first place in the WAC with an 8-2 record following a 70-68 win over Louisiana Tech, Feb. 8 in
The Bulldogs are 12-12 and 5-5 in league play after a 61-51 decision at
The Aggies have a 21-11 lead in the all-time series after taking the first game of the season, 86-77, in
Previous Game-Second Half Fuels Aggie Win
The Aggies returned home to defeat
Laroche Hits Game Winner over LA Tech, 70-68
Sophomore guard Hernst Laroche sank the game-winning basket with less than two seconds remaining in regulation to give NM State a 70-68 victory over Louisiana Tech, Feb. 8 in
Monday Night Spotlight
After hitting the game-winning shot over Louisiana Tech, Feb. 8, sophomore guard Hernst Laroche and the Aggies’ last-second heroics ranked No. 4 on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top Plays.
The Rainbow Warriors are 9-14 and 2-8 in the WAC before the Feb. 13 meeting at Louisiana Tech, and
NM State owns a 10-2 advantage in the all-time series after defeating
Previous Game-Young Hits Game Winner at
Junior guard Jahmar Young hit a running jumper with 0.9 seconds to lift NM State to a 71-69 win at
At the next home game against
Young Earns WAC Player of the Week Honors
Junior guard Jahmar Young was named the Verizon Wireless WAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 1-7. The honor marks the third career WAC Player of the Week award for Young. He led the Aggies to a 94-82 win over
NM State has earned three WAC Player of the Week honors this year for the first time in school history. Junior guard Jahmar Young has garnered the award twice while sophomore center Hamidu Rahman earned his first career accolade. This marks the first time since 1994, when the Aggies belonged to the Big West Conference, that NM State had three weekly player awards.
Across the Nation
After winning the last 14 of 16 games, the Aggies are currently tied for first place in the WAC standings with an 8-2 mark. NM State ranks No. 67 in RPI according to CollegeRPI.com.
Aggies Handle San Jose State, 94-82
Junior guard Jahmar Young posted a team-high 25 points for the Aggies in the 94-82 win over
Aggies to Meet Pacific in BracketBuster
NM State travels to Pacific for the ESPNU BracketBuster, Saturday, Feb. 20, in
NM State has a 29-8 advantage in the all-time series and has won the last five games in the series. The Aggies are 4-0 in BracketBuster games and have played the last three years in
Aggies Overpower LA Tech, 91-77
NM State defeated Louisiana Tech, 91-77, Jan. 30, at the
The Aggie bench was vital in the win at Louisiana Tech, Jan. 30, and it out-scored the Bulldogs, 24-0. Junior guard Gordo Castillo was a spark for the Aggies with 17 points, which tied his season-best mark, and he was 5-of-6 from the 3-point line. Freshman forward Tyrone Watson helped the Aggies with seven points and four rebounds in only nine minutes of action.
Rahman Earns WAC Player of the Week Honor
Sophomore center Hamidu Rahman was named the Verizon Wireless WAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 25-31. The honor marks the first career WAC Player of the Week award for Rahman. He led
With two players entering the 1,000-point club this season, senior guard Jonathan Gibson and junior guard Jahmar Young continue to climb the all-time scoring list at NM State. Gibson is currently No. 9 on the list with 1,366 career points while Young is No. 10 with 1,280 career points.
Currently, Young is ranked No. 17 in the NCAA in points per game (21.4) while Gibson is No. 42 (18.9). The Aggies are the only school with two players in the top 45 in scoring. In addition, Gibson is No. 6 in the country in 3-point field goals made (3.3) and 36th in 3-point percentage (40.4). Sophomore center Hamidu Rahman is No. 41 in rebounds per game (9.2) and sophomore guar Hernst Laroche is No. 62 in assist to turnover ratio (2.15). As a team, NM State is No. 13 in 3-pointers made per contest (8.5), No. 30 in scoring offense (78.5) as of Feb. 7.
Stacking Up Against the WAC
The Aggies have two of the top five scorers in the WAC. Junior guard Jahmar Young ranks third in the league with 21.3 points per game while senior guard Jonathan Gibson is fifth with 18.3 points per contest. Gibson has a conference-best 3-point field goals made per game (3.17). He is sixth in steals per game (1.52), seventh in free throw percentage (84.0) and 12th in 3-point field goal percentage (39.7), while Young is fifth in 3-point field goals made (2.26) and sixth in free throw percentage (84.7).
Sophomore center Hamidu Rahman is contributing as he ranks first in offensive rebounds per game (4.00), seventh in field goal percentage (55.8) and third in rebounds per game (9.0) along with seventh in blocked shots (1.41). Sophomore guard Hernst Laroche is second in assist to turnover ratio (2.07) while he is seventh in assists per game (3.96). As a team, the Aggies rank first in 3-point field goals made (8.48 per game) and second in free throw percentage (72.2) as of Feb. 8.
In WAC games only, Young is third (22.4) and Gibson is sixth (17.3) in scoring while junior forward Wendell McKines (9.7) is third and Rahman ranks fifth (8.7) in rebounding. Laroche is third in assist to turnover ratio (2.56) and fourth in assists (4.60). At the free throw line, Gibson is first (90.9) and Young is eighth (75.0). Gibson is No. 1 in 3-point field goals made (3.10) and junior guard Gordo Castillo is second in 3-point percentage (52.0). In blocked shots, Rahman is sixth (1.40). As a team, the Aggies are first in turnover margin (+2.90) and 3-point field goals made per game (8.90) and scoring offense (78.1) as of Feb. 8.
On the Line
The Aggies are taking advantage at the free-throw line this season and posting a 550-467 advantage in attempts. As a team, NM State currently has a 72.0 free throw percentage. The Aggies are ranked No. 69 in the NCAA in free throw percentage as of Feb. 7. Junior guard Jahmar Young posts an 84.6 percentage, which is a team high and ranks No. 51 in the NCAA, while senior guard Jonathon Gibson is No. 60 with an 84.0 percentage.
Gillenwater Returned Against
After missing the first 21 games of the season, sophomore forward Troy Gillenwater returned to the Aggies against
Trends and Tidbits
The Aggies are winning close games this season. In 2009-10, NM State is 6-0 in games decided by five points or less. The Aggies are also 13-0 when they have a better field goal percentage than their opponents and 7-0 when they shoot better than 50 percent from the field.
As a team, NM State is a lethal threat from the 3-point line and the Aggies average 8.5 makes per game. Ironically, twice this season the Aggies have gone 3-for-20 from beyond the arc and they have won both games (at UTEP and
Young Maintains Scoring Trend
Junior guard Jahmar Young continues to provide the Aggies with offensive firepower in his third season. He is averaging 21.3 points. Young has posted 10 games with 20-plus points this season and two 30-point contests with a career-high 34 points at
Rahman Anchors the Lane
Sophomore center Hamidu Rahman has been a force in the paint for the Aggies this season. He averages 11.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Rahman leads the squad in blocks (31) and field goal percentage (55.8). At Pepperdine, he grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds. Rahman has recorded six double-doubles this year. At Louisiana Tech, he tied his career high with 22 points.
Gibson is Making the Most of His Senior Campaign
Senior guard Jonathan Gibson is currently averaging 18.3 points per game. He also has a team-high 39.7 3-point field goal percentage and 35 steals. Gibson has surpassed the 30-point plateau twice this season. Against
Laroche Shares the Rock
Sophomore guard Hernst Laroche directs the Aggie offense and leads the team with 91 assists this season. He had a career-high 10 assists in the 86-77 win over
Young Captures Weekly Honors
Junior guard Jahmar Young is a major factor in the Aggies’ success and a pair of organizations recently honored him for his play. He was named the 10th Mid-Majority Baller of the Week and NetScouts Basketball WAC Player of the Week, Jan. 19.
Junior guard Jahmar Young scored a season-high 32 points to lead NM State to a 75-72 win at
A Look Back
Before the win over
Junior guard Jahmar Young ties the NM State school record for consecutive 3-point field goals with eight. He was 6-for-6 from beyond the arc against
McKines Equals a Personal-Best Mark
Junior forward Wendell McKines tied his career high for points scored with 22 against Prairie View A&M, Dec. 28. He also had 13 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double performance.
Junior guard Jahmar Young joined the NM State 1,000-point club with a 22- point performance against
Young Earns WAC Player of the Week Honor
Junior guard Jahmar Young was named the Verizon Wireless WAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 7-13. The honor marks the second career WAC Player of the Week award for Young. He helped the Aggies to their first non-conference road win in three years with an 87-80 victory at UTEP. He posted a team-high 24 points on 8-of-17 shooting. Young scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half to guide NM State to its first win in
Gibson Sets Career High in Aggie Win
NM State beat Oklahoma Panhandle State, 83-73, Nov. 21, for its win of the 2009-10 season. Senior guard Jonathan Gibson paced the Aggies with a career-high 30 points to become the 25th member of the 1,000 point club. He achieved the feat in his 100th game in the Crimson and White. Junior guard Jahmar Young added 18 points while sophomore center Hamidu Rahman supplied 13.
Rahman Posts Career Night
Sophomore center Hamidu Rahman led NM State in the season opener at Saint Mary’s, Nov. 13. The
Previewing the WAC
The Aggies were voted to finish third in the Preseason WAC coaches and media polls. Junior guard Jahmar Young was also a first team Preseason All-WAC honoree on both the coaches and media lists.
The Aggies return to