State Notes 02-13-13

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Aggies travel for two WAC games

The New Mexico State University Aggies men’s basketball team hits the road for two away conference games this week.
The Aggies, one of the hottest teams in the country, having secured 11 straight contests, travel to San Jose State, Thursday and Utah State Saturday.
NMSU held on to win a nail-biter its last time out, nipping Seattle 60-57 for its 11th consecutive win, the second-longest winning streak in the country. In that game, played Saturday, sophomore guard Daniel Mullings had a game-high 18 points to lead the Aggies, and freshman center Sim Bhullar recorded a near double-double with 14 points and 9 rebounds.
San Jose State’s Spartans have a 9-14 overall record and 3-9 mark in the Western Athletic Conference following a 63-36 loss to Utah State Friday.
For the Spartans, forward Chris Cunningham provides a team-high 10.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest, while sophomore guard D.J. Brown contributes 9.6 points per game.  
The Aggies won the first game between the two teams, 70-53, Jan. 19 in Las Cruces.
In that game, Banja Sy had 16 points and 8 rebounds while Mullings and Tyrone Watson also finished in double-digits in the scoring column.
The Aggies also defeated the Utags the first time the teams met, which was Jan. 17 at the Pan Am Center. NMSU snapped Utah State’s 13-game win streak, which at the time was also the second-longest streak in the nation.

Lobos try to rebound vs. Bulldogs

The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team will look to bounce back from its second loss in Mountain West play tonight when it travels to Fresno State.
The Lobos were topped 64-55 Saturday. That loss tightened the race for the MWC regular season title, although the Lobos still hold a half-game edge over Colorado State.
Tonight’s game should be a good matchup for the Lobos, however, as Fresno State’s Bulldogs are just 2-7 on the conference season (8-14 overall).
The Bulldogs are led by Tyler Johnson, who is averaging 12.1 points per game. Johnson was out for the first meeting between UNM and Fresno State, in which the Lobos cruised to a 72-45 win at The Pit.
Against UNLV, the Runnin’ Rebels took a quick 12-5 edge to open the game and took advantage of 10 Lobo first half turnovers.
Lobo center Alex Kirk had one of the best outings of his career against UNLV, scoring 17 points and grabbing a career-high 16 rebounds. It was Kirk’s fifth double-double as a Lobo.
UNM will have to be wary, however, as it has historically not played well in Fresno. It is just 1-7 at Fresno State and hasn’t won there since the 1994-95 season.