State Notes 11-13-13

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Aggie men win late-night hoops contest at Hawaii

KC Ross-Miller hit 10 straight foul shots for the New Mexico State University Aggie men’s basketball team in the final 37 seconds as the Aggies won in Honolulu.
Ross-Miller’s free throws helped lift the Aggies to a 95-88 victory over Hawaii.
Meanwhile, Aggie star Daniel Mullings finished with a team-high 21 points and Remi Barry had a career-high 18 points in the finale of the Rainbow Classic, which took place at 3 a.m. Mountain Time Tuesday.
The win improved the Aggies to 2-1 on the young season. Ironically, it was foul shooting that helped do the Aggies in last week in their loss to Western Michigan, where they managed just a 25-for-40 performance.
NMSU shot a blistering 74 percent from the field in the second half Tuesday but struggled to put Hawaii away until late.
NMSU hosts its cross-border rival UTEP Friday night.

Brown is MW’s Player of the Week for the Lobos

University of New Mexico Lobo guard Antiesha Brown was named the Mountain West women’s basketball’s Player of the Week. It was the first weekly award of the 2013-14 season presented by the Mountain West.
Brown’s honor came after her career night of 28 points and 11 rebounds in the Lobos’ 69-65 victory over the Loyola Marymount Lions Saturday.
The career highs in both points and rebounds were also Brown’s first career double-double.
While Brown’s performance against the Lions was the best of her career, it also ranks among the better performances in program history. Her 28 points were the second most scored by a Lobo in a season opener, after Yvonne McKinnon (1981) and Abby Garchek (1997). It was also the most points scored by a Lobo since Caroline Durbin scored 29 points versus Wyoming in the 2011-12 season.
UNM hits the road tonight for the first time this season when it takes on Texas Tech.

Lobos’ Venter named MVP of C-USA

UNM’s men’s soccer standout Kyle Venter was named the Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year in the Conference USA’s postseason awards Tuesday.
Venter was one of three first-team selections from the Lobos, who dominated C-USA regular season play and have a first round bye in the upcoming conference tournament. Also honored on the first team were UNM midfielders Michael Calderon and Ben McKendry, while head coach Jeremy Fishbein was the Coach of the Year and Christopher Wehan was C-USA’s Freshman of the Year.