Texas State (4-11) at New Mexico State (7-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 5, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Pan American Center (12,482) -- Las Cruces, New Mexico. Television: Aggievision. Home Record: Texas State 3-5, NMSU 6-1. Away Record: Texas State 0-4, NMSU 1-6. Neutral Record: Texas State 1-2, NMSU 0-1. Conference Record: Texas State 0-3, NMSU 1-2. Series Record: Series is tied, 1-1.
GAME NOTES: Winless in true road games this season, the Texas State Bobcats give it another go on Saturday night, as they match up against the New Mexico State Aggies in Western Athletic Conference action at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces.
Texas State, which is one of the many new additions to the WAC this season, has come up empty in four true road games thus far and has just one win outside of San Marcos to show for its efforts. The team was most recently in action two nights ago and was dealt a 64-53 setback by Denver which means the Bobcats are not only 0-3 in WAC play they are also riding a six-game slide heading into the weekend as well.
As for the Aggies, a group which has won all but one of seven games played at home thus far, they too were in action on Thursday night and used the opportunity to not only roll to an 82-62 win over Texas-San Antonio, but do so by setting a new program record with an incredible 68.6 percent shooting from the floor. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak as well.
According to Texas State records, the teams have split a pair of meetings previously, the most recent of those encounters coming in 1987 when the Aggies posted an 80-65 triumph at home.
Shooting only 38.6 percent from the floor on Thursday, there was little chance of the Bobcats coming away with the win against Denver on the road at Magness Arena. Vonn Jones scored a team-best 16 points off the bench for the visitors, followed by Noel Wright and Reid Koenen with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Defensively, Texas State allowed the Pioneers to convert not only 54.8 percent from the floor but also 9-of-18 shots behind the 3-point line as well. As someone who has spent a considerable amount of time at the free-throw line already this season (75-of-91), Wright leads the team in scoring with 15.3 ppg and is also first with close to seven rebounds per contest as well. Matt Staff checks in with 13.4 ppg and is another reliable source on the glass with 5.9 rpg.
It wasn't enough that the Aggies beat up on the Roadrunners by 20 points two nights ago, NMSU had to take it to another level by shooting a staggering 68.6 percent from the floor, breaking the school-record of 66.2 percent set by the squad back in 1974. Bandja Sy connected on 9-of-12 shots from the field as he tallied a career-high 25 points, adding eight rebounds and three blocked shots, while Sim Bhullar and Daniel Mullings chipped in with 15 and 14 points, respectively, the latter accounting for six boards, four assists and four steals as well. Strangely enough, the Aggies set the record from the floor even while shooting just 1-of-6 beyond the arc and turning the ball over 16 times. Turnovers continue to be an huge issue for New Mexico State, the team losing possession an average in excess of 16 times per outing. The squad tries to compensate by holding a rebounding advantage of more than seven per game, but still that leads to just 66.3 ppg.
The Aggies caught lightning in a bottle two nights ago and while they don't need to shoot the ball nearly as well in order to take down Texas State, it certainly wouldn't hurt if the hosts worked on their ball-handling skills.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: New Mexico State 73, Texas State 61
01/05 10:42:16 ET