THE OPENING BOARD
â¢ In hopes of ending the non-conference game with a six-game winning streak, the NM State men’s basketball team occupy the Pan Am Center court for the second time in 72 hours when the Aggies host UT Permian Basin Monday evening at 7:00 p.m.
â¢ The inaugural meeting between Aggies and Falcons will be broadcast on ESPN + and the ESPN app.
â¢ The play-by-play combo and analysis of Adam Young and former NM State player Joe Garza is set to narrate the action on the ESPN + stream. On the air, the legendary man of radio play-by-play Jack nixon will set up a shop next to the court to call the action.
â¢ Nixon’s play-by-play and analysis can be heard on 99.5 Zia Country FM in Las Cruces, NM, and nationwide on The Varsity Network app.
â¢ Affiliate stations of the Aggie Sports network can be tuned into Artesia, NM (990 AM), Carlsbad, NM (1240 AM), Gallup, NM (94.9 FM), Alamogordo, NM (103.7 FM) and El Paso , Texas (1380 a.m.). All of these stations will also broadcast Nixon’s commentary on Monday night’s tilt.
â¢ Fans who purchase a ticket to the Monday night showdown before and on game day will receive a free general admission ticket to the NM State WAC home game against Chicago State on Saturday, January 1, 2022.
QUICK BREAK POINTS
â¢ For the third time under the direction of the head coach Chris Jans and for the seventh time in program history, NM State won 10 of its first 12 games to start the season.
â¢ NM State had already made 10-2 starts under Jans in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
â¢ Seven NM State teams – most recent in 2018-19 – started 10-2 in their first 12 games. Only five other teams presented a better record in their first 12 games.
â¢ NM State is 5-0 in December. Eight NM State teams went undefeated through December, most recently the 2016-17 edition of the Aggies.
â¢ NM State have won each of their last six real road games dating back to 2020-21. It’s the second-longest active winning streak in real road games in the country, behind Gonzaga and West Virginia (seven straight road wins).
â¢ NM State is one of 33 NCAA Division I teams that haven’t lost a real road game this season (among those that have played one).
â¢ In Chris Janshe tenure as head coach, NM State is 36-12 (0.750) in real road games.
â¢ NM State’s five-game winning streak is the 19th longest active streak in the country and the third longest among all WAC clubs.
â¢ NM State’s 10 wins so far in 2021-22 are the eighth for any team nationwide and the most of any WAC team.
â¢ NM State’s collective field goal percentage of 0.476 ranks 50th in the nation and second among all WAC teams.
â¢ The NM Condition has recently seen its accuracy drop from the three point range. In the last four games, the Aggies have shot 18 of 84 (0.214) from long distance.
â¢ Junior Redshirt goalie Jabari Rice just won a season record 22 points in NM State’s victory at Washington State (Dec. 15). When Rice scores 20 or more points in a game, NM State is 9-1.
â¢ Senior Redshirt striker Johnny mccant does a bit of everything, but is among the best in the country when it comes to close shots. The Las Cruces, NM product ranks third among all NCAA Division I players in two-point field goal percentage (79.4%, 27 of 34). Another notable name in the top ten in this statistical category is Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren (sixth, 0.786).
â¢ High score guard Teddy allen leads NM State in scoring at a rate of 17.5 points per game and also ranks 19th nationally in free throw percentage (0.907). The Phoenix, Ariz. Product is also in the top 25 nationally for field goal attempts (17th, 174).
â¢ NM State has three wins against teams that are currently in the top 55 of the last edition of the NET rankings. The Aggies have beaten Davidson (52), UC Irvine (53) and Washington State (48) so far this season.
â¢ With Jans in the lead, the Aggies were 6-6 (0.500) against opponents Power Five. That mark includes a 6-4 (0.600) performance against enemies of the Power Five in regular season tilts. NM State has won victories over Illinois, Miami, Mississippi State and Washington State (three times) under Jans’s leadership since 2017-18.
â¢ New Mexico State Head Coach Chris Jans returned to the bench on Friday December 3 for the Aggies game at UTEP. The team’s fifth-year bench boss had previously missed his last two games due to COVID-19 protocols.
â¢ In the Nov. 30 loss to New Mexico, the Aggies gave the opposition 100 or more points for the first time in the Chris Jans the era of coaching. Before Tuesday, the last time NM State let an enemy cross the century mark was in 2017 when they claimed a 107-101 WAC victory at UTRGV on February 18. As of 2010, only three NM State opponents (Nevada, New Mexico and UTRGV) have amassed 100 or more points in a game.
â¢ Now in his fifth season in an NM State Uniform, Johnny mccant climbed into the program’s top ten for blocked shots. McCants, a Las Cruces, NM product, has 96 releases to his name as a college student, which are ninth all-time by Aggie. He hopes to become the eighth player in program history to record 100 or more blocked shots in his career.
LAST RELEASE | State of New Mexico 93, Northern New Mexico 60 | Saturday, December 18, 2021
â¢ Northern New Mexico scored the game’s first points on a three-point shot in under a minute, but NM State then took control with a 24-0 streak for a 93- win. 60 over the Eagles on Saturday night. inside the Pan American Center.
â¢ Three of the regular entries of Aggies – Johnny mccant, Nate pryor and Jabari Rice – didn’t adjust (rest), leaving the rest of the Aggies to take center stage as NM State looked to improve their bench play.
â¢ Teddy allen, however, started and came close to a triple-double in his 27 minutes of action. The Phoenix, Ariz. Goalie finished with a career-high 19 points, seven rebounds and eight assists.
â¢ Allen’s effort was one of five double-digit outs for various Aggies on the roster. First-year student Marchelus avery impressed on his first start as an NM State player, scoring 17 points on a 7 of 12 effort on the field. Avery also added eight rebounds and was one of three NM State players to have amassed eight or more boards.
â¢ No Aggie has taken off for more rebounds than Mario McKinney Jr. The goalie racked up a career-high 12 rebounds and game in 28 minutes of action.
â¢ Yuat alok also used his larger size to score at will throughout the game. The 6’11 forward finished with 16 points on a 6 of 8 effort from the field and was one of two players on the Aggies bench to finish with double-digit points.
â¢ With Allen, Avery and McKinney in charge, NM State enjoyed a 51-32 (+19) lead over the Eagles. The Aggies’ 51 rebounds were a season high and the most in a game for the team since 2018.
â¢ Clayton-henri also got his first extended action of the season in Saturday’s win, playing 23 minutes and finishing with three points, four rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot. Henry missed the team’s first nine games of the season to recover from a foot injury he sustained during summer practice.
â¢ Virshon cotton made his first appearance on the field for the Aggies since Nov. 21, 2021 and scored 11 points, a season-high, in a 4-of-10 shooting night. Cotton also distributed three assists in the victory.
â¢ NM State’s 33-point margin of victory was its biggest of the season and its most lopsided victory since losing Benedictine Mesa by a 91-57 score on December 1, 2020.
â¢ NM State forced 21 turnovers in the victory, marking the first time an opponent has thrown the ball 20 or more times in a game since December 29, 2019 (also in northern New Mexico).
PERMIAN BASIN SCOUTING | LISTING | PROGRAM | STATISTICS
â¢ In his first season as the Falcons’ head coach, Kyle Tolin is 8-3 in hand as he leads his program at the Pan Am Center in hopes of scoring a big shot.
â¢ North Dakota state transfer Jordan Horn will make his second appearance inside the Pan Am Center on Monday night, this time in a Falcons uniform. The goalie leads the team in scoring at a clip of 18.5 points per game.
â¢ Besides Horn, Miles Daniels (15.0 ppg) and DaJuan Jones (14.2 ppg) are two other key scorers for the Falcons. Jones has made a name for himself as one of the top distributors in NCAA Division II, distributing assists at the rate of 8.7 per game.
â¢ UT Permian Basin’s offense is scoring 82.2 points per game and its three losses this season have resulted in a combined eight points.
â¢ Monday night’s contest will go into the books as an exhibition match for UT Permian Basin.
TO BE CONTINUED
â¢ Before the schedule moves to 2022, NM State is embarking on another trip to the Pacific Northwest to kick off the action for the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The Aggies begin their 18-game WAC tournament roster on Thursday, Dec. 30 at 8:00 p.m. when they face Seattle U inside the Redhawk Center.
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