NMSU Men Host League Leader, Utah Valley on Hall of Fame Night

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 12:09am

The New Mexico State men’s basketball team (15-7, 4-2 WAC) takes on first place Utah Valley, Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. (MT) in the Pan American Center. AggieVision is producing the game for TV and fans should check local listings for airtimes in your area. Saturday’s game will also air over the radio waves on the Aggie Sports Network with ‘Voice of the Aggies’ Jack Nixon giving the play-by-play.

Looking Ahead
NM State takes on Idaho, who is currently 2-5 in conference play, Thursday, Feb. 6 in Moscow, Idaho. The game will air on the radio with coverage on KGRT 104 FM in Las Cruces. The Aggies then make their way to Seattle, Wash. to face the Seattle U Redhawks who have a 1-5 conference record. The game will be broadcasted on the radio with coverage on KGRT 104 FM and is also scheduled to be on TV with AggieVision producing them. Please check with your local satellite or cable provider for show times or check online at www.AggieVision.tv. Radio coverage for both games on the Aggie Sports Network includes coverage in Alamogordo (107.1 FM), Albuquerque (101.7 FM), Artesia (990 AM) and Carlsbad (1240 AM).

Post-Game Interviews
Fans and media can access post-game video interviews with head coach Marvin Menzies and selected players after each game on-line at www.NMStateSports.com by clicking on the game recap.

About the Aggies
NM State had its seven-game winning streak snapped by Chicago State on Jan. 16, when they fell 86-81 on the road. The Aggies then lost their second straight Western Athletic Conference game of the year to Kansas City 68-66 on the road as well. However, the Aggies have managed to recover with two back-to-back home victories over Texas-Pan American 90-78 on Jan. 25, and Bakersfield 89-86 on Jan. 30 at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies are now sitting at 5-2 in league play and they have one remaining home game in the Pan American Center this week, where they are 10-1 on the year.

The Aggies are averaging 78.7 points per game this season and are shooting 48.2 percent from the field, while they are shooting fairly well from behind the 3-point arc as well, hitting 37.6 percent of their 3-point attempts. The NM State defense is holding its opponents to a 41.4 percent shooting percentage on the year and is out-rebounding the opposing teams by an average of 36.8 per game to 33.0 per game (+3.9 rebounding margin).
Junior guard Daniel Mullings leads all scorers on the squad with 17.0 points per game and is also the defensive leader of the team with a league-high 46 steals this season. He also has 71 assists on the offensive end of the court and nine blocks on the defensive side.

Sophomore Sim Bhullar, who returned on Thursday Jan. 30, against Bakersfield after sitting out the previous six games due to a foot injury, leads the team with a WAC-best 59 blocks this season. Junior Tshilidzi Nephawe is now the team-leader in rebounds with 7.8 per game and he has 31 blocks this year, after marking a career-best six blocks against Idaho (Jan. 11) and adding another three against Chicago State.

Senior guard Kevin Aronis leads the Aggies in 3-point shooting percentage at 43.2 percent and has made the most 3-pointers with 51. Junior guard KC Ross-Miller is second on the team with a 3-point shooting percentage of 42.0 (21-of-50) and junior DK Eldridge is shooting 39.7 percent from behind the 3-point arc (29-of-73).

Senior forward/center Renaldo Dixon has made seven consecutive starts heading into Saturday’s game against Utah Valley and is averaging 24.7 minutes per game this season. He is posting 8.4 points per game and is grabbing 5.4 rebounds per game.

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