The Aggies moved 2-4 in the finale of their four-game road trip at UTEP, Nov. 23. Junior forward Troy Gillenwater leads NM State with a team-high 18.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Junior guard Hernst Laroche is averaging 11.0 points and 4.8 assists per contest, while junior center Hamidu Rahman adds 9.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
The Miners improved to 4-2 after splitting a pair of games in the Legends Classic, Nov. 26-27, in
The Aggies have a 102-97 advantage in the all-time series after UTEP won the first meeting of the year. Last season, the team’s split the series and both teams won on the opponent’s floor.
In the final game of a four-game road trip, the Aggies fell at UTEP, 73-56, Nov. 23, in the first meeting of the Sonic Battle of I-10 this season. Junior forward Troy Gillenwater directed the Aggies with 18 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Junior guard Hernst Laroche was also in double-figures with 11 points. Senior guard Gordo Castillo added eight points on 2-for-4 shooting from the 3-point line, while freshman guard Christian Kabongo supplied seven points. NM State out-rebounded the Miners, 48-27, but UTEP shot 50 percent from the 3-point line (12-of-24).
Shattering the Glass
The Aggies grabbed a season-high 53 rebounds in the home opener against
Gillenwater Sets a Career High at UTEP
In the first rivalry game of the season, junior forward Troy Gillenwater set a career-high with 14 rebounds. With his team-high 18 points, he also recorded his first double-double of the 2010-11 season.
Stacking up against the WAC
Junior forward Troy Gillenwater ranks third in the WAC in scoring (18.2 points per game). He also is fifth in rebounds per game (7.7). Junior guard Hernst Laroche has a conference-best 2.50 steals per game and ranks second in assists per game (4.83). Laroche is also tied for fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (54.5). In assist to turnover ratio, sophomore forward Tyrone Watson is second (2.44) and Laroche is fifth (1.71). As a team, the Aggies are first in assists (82) as of Nov. 23.
Aggies Fall to USC in Tip-Off Finale
The Aggies fell to
Kabongo is Opportunistic in First Career Start
Freshman guard Christian Kabongo made the most of his first career start for the Crimson and White against USC, Nov. 21. He led the team in scoring with 14 points and set career-high marks for rebounds (7) and assists (4). Kabongo is averaging 8.8 points per game this season.
Nephawe Packs a Punch against the Trojans
Freshman center Tshilidzi Nephawe had a career night in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off finale against USC, Nov. 21. He scored a career-high 13 points, which was also his first career double-digit game, on 5-for-7 shooting from the field. Nephawe grabbed seven rebounds in 23 minutes, which were also career-high marks.
Castillo Finds His Rhythm
Against USC, senior guard Gordo Castillo scored a season-high 13 points. He was 5-for-7 from the field including 3-for-4 from the 3-point line. Castillo also played a career-high 33 minutes against the Trojans.
Aggies Struggle in Tip-Off Opener
In the first game of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off, NM State fell to UMass, 71-57. Junior forward Troy Gillenwater scored a team-high 13 points and junior center Hamidu Rahman added 10. Sophomore forward Tyrone Watson, junior guard Hernst Laroche and freshman guard Christian Kabongo each contributed eight points. The NM State offense stalled in the first half and led to a 30.4 field goal percentage (7-for-23), which is season-low for a half this year.
Watson Goes the Distance
Sophomore forward Tyrone Watson had a strong shooting performance in the opening game of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off opener against UMass, Nov. 20. He scored eight points and was 3-for-3 from the field including 2-for-2 from the 3-point line. This was the first time Watson has hit two treys in a single game.
Gillenwater Scores 25, Aggies Fall at
Junior forward Troy Gillenwater scored a team-high 25 points but NM State fell at
Sy Hits Double-Digits for First Time
Sophomore forward Bandja Sy scored a career-high 10 points at
Gillenwater in the 20-Point Club
Win the Nov. 18 game at
Aggie Cruise to 95-62 Win in Home Opener
Junior forward Troy Gillenwater lead NM State with 21 points, and six Aggies scored in double figures in a 95-62 victory over Western New Mexico, Nov. 15, at the
A Jump Start to the New Season
The Aggies started the 2010-11 campaign 2-0 after convincing wins over
The Aggies opened the 2010-11 season shooting the ball well as a team. In the home opener against
Moving the Rock
In the first two games of the season, the Aggies shared the ball and averaged 21.0 assists per game. Junior guard Hernst Laroche led the way with eight assists per game. Sophomore forward Tyrone Watson recorded a career-high seven assists against
Aggies Roll in Season Opener, 92-76
In the 2010-11 season debut, the Aggies overpowered
NM State is Firing on All Cylinders
In the Aggies’ first-ever win in
Gillenwater Sails into Junior Season
Junior forward Troy Gillenwater made a splash in his season debut with a career-high 30 points at
In the Zone
In the season opener at
Kabongo Scores in Home Debut
In his first game in the
On the Road Again
Winning on the road can be tough especially in a season opener. With the victory at
The Aggies shot the ball well from 3-point range in the season opener at
Rahman Holds Court in the Paint
Junior center Hamidu Rahman was a force inside in the 2010-11 season debut. He scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Rahman was 6-for-9 from both the field and free-throw line.
Aggies Win Exhibition 98-72
NM State defeated Eastern New Mexico, 98-72, in the only exhibition game of the year, Nov. 8. The Aggies had five players in double-figures with junior forward Troy Gillenwater leading the way with 18 points. Junior guard Hernst Laroche added 17 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the field, while senior guard Gordo Castillo contributed 13 points. The Aggie centers were strong with both junior Hamidu Rahman and freshman Tshilidzi Nephawe scoring 11 points.
Season Rewind: A Title and the Big Dance
In 2009-10, Aggies won their second WAC Tournament Championship and made their 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. NM State finished the year with a 22-12 record after a near upset of No. 12 Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Aggies ranked first in the WAC and No. 14 in the NCAA in 3-point field goals per game (8.4), No. 21 in scoring offense (78.3 points per game) and No. 51 in field goal percentage (46.0) last season.
The Aggies welcome four freshmen this season with guards Christian Kabongo, Drew Herig, forward Renaldo Dixon and center Tshilidzi Nephawe.
Previewing the WAC
The Aggies were voted to finish second in the Preseason WAC coaches and media polls. Junior forward Troy Gillenwater and senior forward Wendell McKines were first team Preseason All-WAC honorees on both the coaches and media lists. NM State was the only team to have a pair of selections on the first team.
The 2010-11 Slate of Games
The Aggies have 17 regular season games in the
The Aggies conclude rivalry week when they host