State Notes 02-13-14

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Lobos tripped up by Broncos

The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team had a chance to pull even with the San Diego State Aztecs Wednesday night, but it couldn’t hold on to a late lead against the Boise State Broncos.
UNM’s Kendall Williams buried a 3-pointer with :31 remaining at Boise, but Derrick Marks of Boise State was fouled with :14 remaining and nailed both clutch free throws as the Broncos upended the Lobos 71-70.
A win by the Lobos would’ve tied them with the Aztecs for the lead in the Mountain West conference — San Diego State, the No. 5 team in the nation, was upset by Wyoming Tuesday night in Laramie — but the Broncos erased a 12-point lead the Lobos had built up late in the first half to earn the victory.
Williams had a big night for the Lobos (18-5 overall) finishing with 22 points, while Cameron Bairstow added 20 and Alex Kirk finished with 13 points and 9 boards.
But the Broncos actually won the battle on the glass by a wide margin, 35-25.
The Broncos (16-9, 6-6 in MW) were paced by Anthony Drmic’s 18 points, while Thomas Bropleh finished with 14.

Aggies host Lou Henson Classic tonight

LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University Aggie men’s basketball team will host a critical game tonight as it celebrates the winningest coach in school history.
NMSU takes on the Kansas City Kangaroos in the Lou Henson Classic. Game time is 7:15 p.m.
Henson coached the Aggies for two stints, staring in 1966, and amassed 289 victories. He’s also one of just 11 coaches in NCAA history to take two different schools to the Final Four.
Meanwhile, the Aggies (18-8 overall, 7-3 in the WAC) are in need of a victory over the Kangaroos (7-14, 4-4) to keep pace in the conference after dropping a key decision at Idaho last weekend.
This is the second meeting between the two teams, with Kansas City prevailing 68-66 Jan. 18 in Missouri. Forward Renaldo Dixon had a career-high 34 points in that game, but NMSU connected on just 3 of 17 attempts from the perimeter.

Rother named WAC Hitter of Week

LAS CRUCES — New Mexico State University Aggie catcher Lacey Rother was named Hitter of the Week in softball for the Western Athletic Conference, officials announced earlier this week.
The Long Beach, Calif., native earned a hit in each of the Aggies’ five games last weekend at the Hotel Encanto Invitational.
She had two home runs on Sunday, including a game-winning grand-slam against rival UTEP, helping the Aggies to an 8-6 win.
Rother finished the weekend hitting .385 with three runs and five RBI while slugging .846.
The Aggies continue their season at the NMSU Softball Complex by hosting the Troy Cox Classic Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Also competing in that tournament are Northern Colorado, Texas Tech, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Iowa State and Weber State.
NMSU faces the A&M Aggies at 4 p.m. Friday and Iowa State at 6 p.m.