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The New Mexico State men's basketball team hosts UTSA, Thursday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. and Texas State, Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. inside the Pan American Center. The games are AggieVision productions with Jeff Matthews and Glen Cerny. 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. The games are also available in Spanish with Edgar Gardell on Vista 98.7 FM.
Thursday's game is available live on Comcast across the state including Las Cruces, Altitude2, Fox Sports-Arizona, KVIA (7.2 and 7.3) and ESPN3. The game is tape delayed until 11:30 p.m. on CSN-Houston. Saturday's contest is tape delayed in Las Cruces until 10 p.m., and shown live on Comcast, Fox Sports-Arizona, CSN-Houston and ESPN3.
New Mexico State Aggies
The Aggies are 6-8 and 0-2 in the WAC this season after falling at Louisiana Tech, 81-72, Dec. 31 in Ruston, La. Sophomore guard Daniel Mullings is leading the team with 14.6 points per game. Senior forward Tyrone Watson adds 10.4 points per game, and freshman center Sim Bhullar contributes 8.7 points per contest.
The Roadrunners are 4-8 and 0-2 in the WAC after the conference opening weekend. UTSA has three players in double figures with senior guard Kannon Burrage providing a team-high 17.6 points per game. Senior guard Michael Hale III adds 14.8 points per game, and junior forward Jeromie Hill supplies 14.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.
The Aggies have a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series. NM State won the last game in the series, 74-72, Dec. 20, 2005 in Las Cruces.
Scouting Texas State
The Bobcats are 4-10 overall and 0-2 in the WAC. Texas State plays at Denver, Jan. 3, before traveling to Las Cruces. Junior forward Joel Wright leads the team with 15.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while senior forward Matt Staff provides 14.2 points and 6.2 rebounds.
The Aggies and Bobcats are tied 1-1 in the all-time series. NM State won the last meeting, 80-65, Dec. 29, 1987 in Las Cruces.
Second-Half Comeback Falls Short at Louisiana Tech
The Aggies concluded their WAC opening road trip with an 81-72 loss at Louisiana Tech on New Year's Eve in Ruston, La. The loss snapped a seven-game win streak over the Bulldogs. Sophomore guard Daniel Mullings tallied a game-high 21 points for the second straight game. He was 8-of-16 from the field. Senior forward Tyrone Watson contributed 14 points, and he was 10-for-14 from the free-throw line, hitting 10 in a row. The Aggies shot a season-high 37 free throws and made 23 free throws, which tied the season-best mark.
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