State Notes 11-30-11

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Aggies fall short at home against Wildcats

The New Mexico State University men’s basketball team’s upset bid fell short Tuesday night against the Arizona Wildcats.
NMSU forward Wendell McKines had a career night for the Aggies, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Aggies fell to the Wildcats, 83-76 Tuesday at the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces.
Early in the contest, NMSU went up by eight points, but Arizona would come back to take a 44-40 lead at the half. NMSU would tie up the contest less than a minute into the second half and led briefly at 53-51, but Arizona (5-2) countered with a 21-9 run over nearly eight minutes to go up 72-62.
The Aggies trimmed the lead to three points with 1:04 remaining, but wouldn’t score again in the contest.
McKines finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Aggies (5-2), while Hamidu Rahman finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Wildcat guard Nick Johnson had 15 points to lead his team.

Lobos to face Bengals tonight in The Pit

The University of New Mexico Lobos will return to The Pit tonight when they take on the Idaho State Bengals.
The Bengals (1-4) have struggled against a marginal schedule so far this season, but the Lobos are just coming back from the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif., where they defeated Washington State and Boston College but lost in the first round to Santa Clara.
Tonight’s game is the first of two straight in The Pit for UNM (4-2). It will take on Missouri State Saturday before traveling to USC Dec. 10.
Tony Snell leads UNM in scoring after six games with 15.2 points per game.