Spartans Lose 79-63 To New Mexico State

San Jose, Calif.-----Guard Keith Shamburger scored 19 points and forward Wil Carter led all players with nine rebounds to go along with 15 points, but San Jose State could not keep up with New Mexico State’s powerful inside game.

 

The Aggies won their sixth in a row, 79-63, in a Western Athletic Conference game.

 

Forward Wendell McKines scored 24 points and center Hamidu Rahman added a season-high 20 for New Mexico State (14-5, 4-0 WAC) that moved into a first-place tie with Nevada. McKines was 8-of-15 from the field and Rahman made all seven of his field goal tries as the Aggies (14-5, 4-0 WAC) shot 51.7 percent from the field for the game.

 

“New Mexico State has outscored every team in the conference in the paint. We did what we could to neutralize them,” said San Jose State coach George Nessman. “In the first half, we were careless with the ball and that got them the lead.”

 

The Spartans (6-12, 0-4 WAC) entered the game averaging just 11.6 turnovers a game and ranked 27th nationally, but committed 12 of their 13 turnovers for the game in the first half. New Mexico State scored the first nine points of the game, was ahead by as many as 20 points in the first half and went into halftime leading, 41-26.

 

“I was real happy with our defensive effort. We did a great job of attacking their zone and there was a period when we didn’t let them get going from the 3-point line. Iwas very happy with the way we played defensively,” said New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies.

 

San Jose State shot 37.3 percent from the field, but just 31.3 percent in the first half. The Spartans were just 6-of-29 from 3-point range.

 

“Our team has to shoot 3’s. Their length bothered us,” added Nessman whose team had a season best 57.9 percent from 3-point territory the game before at Fresno State.

 

New Mexico State outrebounded San Jose State, 41-29. Rahman and McKines each pulled down eight rebounds for the Aggies.

 

The Spartans will look for the their first conference win Saturday, January 21, against Louisiana Tech. Game time at The Event Center is 6:00 p.m.

 

 



NEW MEXICO STATE 79, SAN JOSE STATE 63
NEW MEXICO STATE (14-5, 4-0 WAC)
McKines, Wendell 8-15 7-8 24; Rahman, Hamidu 7-7 6-9 20; Laroche, Hernst
6-11 0-0 15; Mullings, Daniel 2-4 2-2 6; Watson, Tyrone 3-8 0-0 6; Sy,
Bandja 2-8 0-0 4; Dixon, Renaldo 1-3 0-0 2; Nephawe, Tshilidzi 1-1 0-0 2;
Lewis, D.J. 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-58 15-19 79.
SAN JOSE STATE (6-12, 0-4 WAC)
Shamburger, Keith 8-15 1-2 19; Carter, Wil 6-11 1-2 13; Pennington, Lavanne
3-13 2-3 8; Kinney, James 2-10 0-0 6; Brown, D.J. 1-7 3-4 6; Ballard, Matt
2-3 0-0 4; Grieves, Nick 1-2 0-0 3; Moor, Aalim 1-2 0-0 2; Ton, Garrett 1-1
0-0 2; Williams, Jaleel 0-0 0-0 0; Douglas, Calvin 0-2 0-0 0; Smith, Stephon
0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-67 7-11 63.
New Mexico State..............   41   38  -   79
San Jose State................   26   37  -   63
3-point goals--New Mexico State 4-11 (Laroche, Hernst 3-5; McKines, Wendell
1-2; Watson, Tyrone 0-2; Sy, Bandja 0-1; Dixon, Renaldo 0-1), San Jose State
6-29 (Kinney, James 2-8; Shamburger, Keith 2-7; Grieves, Nick 1-2; Brown,
D.J. 1-4; Moor, Aalim 0-1; Douglas, Calvin 0-2; Pennington, Lavanne 0-5).
Fouled out--New Mexico State-None, San Jose State-None. Rebounds--New Mexico
State 41 (Rahman, Hamidu 8; McKines, Wendell 8), San Jose State 29 (Carter,
Wil 9). Assists--New Mexico State 13 (Watson, Tyrone 4; Laroche, Hernst 4),
San Jose State 8 (Kinney, James 2; Pennington, Lavanne 2; Shamburger, Keith
2; Brown, D.J. 2). Total fouls--New Mexico State 13, San Jose State 18.
Technical fouls--New Mexico State-None, San Jose State-None. A-1186