After repeatedly coming close, the NM State men’s basketball team finally got its first Western Athletic Conference game of the season, defeating Stephen F. Austin 73-67 at the Pan Am Center Feb. 1.
Five Aggies scored in double figures, led by 15 from DaJuan Quaye Gordon, who hit several key buckets when SFA closed the gap in the second half. The Lumberjacks cut the deficit to a single point with 2:44 left in the game, but the Aggies never relinquished the lead.
Xavier Pinson was nearly a sixth Aggie in double figures. He finished with 9 points and led the team with 6 assists. Aggie big man Issa Muhammad had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
“Our guys just keep working,” said head coach Greg Heiar. “They keep showing up every day and we’ve gotten better in the last seven days. This is how I expect our team to play all the time. I’m so proud of our guys just for sticking together and working as hard as they ‘ve been working.”
Next up, NM State hosts a pair of basketball games Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Pan American Center.
The Aggie women play Grand Canyon in a WAC game tipping off at 4 pm. The Aggie men play Seattle in a WAC game at 7 pm
The women were 11-10 and 6-3 in the WAC prior to their Feb. 2 game at Cal Baptist. Their last game was a 69-61 home victory over Abilene Christian, which put the Aggies in fifth place in the 13-team conference. Aggie Soufia Inoussa scored 28 points in the Abilene Christian game, and subsequently earned WAC Women’s Player of the Week honors.
The men’s team is 8-14 and 1-9 in WAC play.