NMSU Men's Basketball hits the road for two WAC contests

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 5:10pm

The New Mexico State men's basketball team returns to the road for two away games at San Jose State, Thursday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. in San Jose, Calif., and Utah State, Saturday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. on ESPNU in Logan, Utah. The games can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network and KGRT 104 FM in Las Cruces with the 'Voice of the Aggies' Jack Nixon, and the pregame show starts 30 minutes prior to tip.

New Mexico State Aggies
The Aggies have won 11 straight games and have a 17-8 overall record and 11-2 WAC record following a 60-57 win over Seattle, Feb. 9. Sophomore guard Daniel Mullings is leading the team with 14.4 points per game. Senior forwards Bandja Sy is also in double figures 11.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, while freshman center Sim Bhullar adds 10.2 points per contest.

Scouting San Jose State
The Spartans have a 9-14 overall record and 3-9 league mark following a 63-36 loss to Utah State, Feb. 8. Junior forward Chris Cunningham provides a team-high 10.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest, while sophomore guard D.J. Brown contributes 9.6 points per game.

Series Notes
The Aggies have a 33-12 advantage in the all-time series. NM State won the first game of the season, 70-53, Jan. 19 in Las Cruces.

Previous Game
The Aggies won their sixth consecutive game with a 70-53 victory over San Jose State, Jan. 19 in Las Cruces. Senior forward Bandja Sy led the Aggies with 16 points on 50 percent shooting, and he had eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Daniel Mullings and senior forward Tyrone Watson were also in double digits with 13 points and 10 points, respectively. The Aggies posted a 35-18 halftime lead over the Spartans. This was the second straight game NM State has held opponents to 18 points in the first half.

Scouting Utah State
The Navy-clad Aggies are 17-5 overall and 8-4 in the WAC following a 63-36 win at San Jose State, Feb. 8. Junior forward/center Jarred Shaw leads Utah State with 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, and junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield adds 11.1 points per game. Junior guard Preston Medlin and senior forward Kyisean Reed were both averaging in double figures but have been sidelined with injuries.

Series Notes
Utah State has a slight edge 35-30 lead in the all-time series. NM State won the first meeting of the season, 64-51, Jan. 17 in Las Cruces.

Previous Game
NM State snapped Utah State's 13-game winning streak, the second longest in the country, with a 64-51 victory, Jan. 17 in Las Cruces. The Aggies had four players in double figures with senior forward Bandja Sy scoring a game-high 16 points. Sy was 7-of-9 from the field to lead the Aggies to a 57.8 field goal percentage. The Crimson and White have won the last five straight with senior forward Tyrone Watson and sophomore guard Daniel Mullings contributing 12 points each. Sophomore guard K.C. Ross-Miller added 10.


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