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RENO, Nev. — The New Mexico State University men’s basketball team’s three-game win streak was snapped with a 90-71 loss at Nevada Thursday.
Junior forward Troy Gillenwater had a game-high 22 points from the Aggies, while junior guard Hernst Laroche added 11 points.
The Aggies moved to 10-10 and 4-2 in the Western Athletic Conference while the Wolf Pack improved to 6-13 and 3-3 in the WAC. Offensively, NMSU was strong in the first half with a 51.9 field goal percentage but hampered in the second half, held to a 30.3 percent clip.
At halftime, the Aggies trailed the Wolf Pack, 43-36. Gillenwater led all scorers with 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting in the opening half.
Nevada jumped to an early lead, 14-8, six minutes into the game. The Aggies responded and tied the game at 16-16 when Laroche hit a jumper from the left wing at the 12:05 mark.
NMSU then claimed its first lead of the game, 18-16, after sophomore forward Tyrone Watson muscled in a jumper on the block. The Aggies maintained a two-point lead until Nevada went on an 8-0 run to take 28-22 advantage.
The Aggies began the second half strong and cut the Nevada lead to three, 45-42, on a fast break layup from Gillenwater at 17:44. The Wolf Pack scored the next five points and NMSU didn’t recover.
The Aggies travel to Utah State, Saturday.
Lobo men’s soccer among top-drawing teams
The University of New Mexico men’s soccer team which posted an eight-game unbeaten streak, wins over nationally-ranked teams, and a second straight NCAA College Cup berth, was also among the top-drawing teams in the nation.
The NCAA released its final 2010 attendance figures, and the Lobos finished seventh nationally in attendance, averaging 2,731 fans.
The Lobos drew 30,041 fans for their 11 home dates and they were one of just six programs to draw 30,000 or more fans.