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The Aggies Win Decisively at Home Once Again

David Castañeda
Forward Kaosi Ezeagu jumps for the WNMU Mustangs. Nov. 14, 2023.

In an effort to continue their at-home win streak, the New Mexico State University Aggies posted 43 points in the second half to overcome the Western New Mexico University Mustangs. The 78-42 effort was led by junior guard Jaden Harris who contributed 24 points accompanied by double-digit performances from juniors Jaylin Jackson-Posey, Robert Carpenter and senior Jordan Rawls.  

The starting guards for the night were, junior Christian Cook, junior Jaden Harris, junior Jaylin Jackson-Posey, with Robert Carpenter and grad student Kaosi Ezeagu at forward.  

Both sides stood their ground for the first ten minutes until the Mustangs grabbed the    17-16 lead after a two-minute Aggie scoring drought. Before the following Aggie timeout, the Aggies held the lead for a solid five minutes after a four-and-a-half-minute stalemate prior. 

Forward Clarence “Monzy” Jackson jumps to catch the ball against the WNMU Mustangs. Nov. 14, 2023. (David Castañeda)

Coming out of the timeout, the Aggies went on an 11-0 scoring run to retake the lead at 27-19 with Carpenter’s three pointer prompting the Mustangs to take their first timeout. The Aggies stayed hot with Cook hitting yet another three late into the half.  

At the end of the first half, the Aggies finished with a 19-3 run over seven minutes to create a sizable lead of 35-22. Harris led the offense with 10 points followed by Jackson-Posey who posted six. 

The Aggies late start to take the lead was fueled by their free throw percentage with an incredible 83% going 5-6 and shot similarly from the field and from the arc at 41% and 40% respectively.  

 After out-rebounding the Mustangs by seven, the Aggies posted 20 total, 18 of which were defensive. Harris also led the rebounds with five, followed by junior forward Clarence “Monzy” Jackson with four. For turnovers, the Aggies forced four on the Mustang’s to generate five points.  

Entering the second half, the Aggies put forth a solid defense holding the Mustangs to 0-9 on field goals and put them into a three-minute scoring drought while posting 12-0 in the same timeframe, strengthening the lead to 51-29 with three three-pointers in a row.  

The Aggies called a timeout with a 62-41 lead after both teams cranked up the offense from the field going 5-7 with the Mustangs going 4-4. 

Head coach Jason Hooten celebrates the Aggies’ victory against WNMU 78-43. Nov. 14, 2023. (David Castañeda)

Late in the game, the Aggies remained dominant with another 14-0 run in just over six minutes and forcing yet another scoring drought for the Mustangs in that same interval. The Aggies put the Mustangs away with a decisive 78-43 victory. 

Harris remained the leading scoring effort with 24 points while Jackson-Posey was right behind him once again with 12. Their shooting percentages improved as the game went on finishing with from the field 44%, 50% from the arc and 87% from the free throw line.  

The Aggies finished with 39 rebounds led by Harris and Jackson with seven a piece, followed by Carpenter with six. The Aggies defense was stalwart, having forced 12 turnovers for 16 points which were a major factor in their victory.  

Head coach Jason Hooten commented on the team’s standout performance in the victory and how important the next game will be for the team and the program. 

“We got some great statistical nights from a lot of guys…I’m really proud of their effort,” Hooten said. “It’s a test for us because it’s our first division one home game…we need to take advantage of it every time.” 

The Aggies will return home to host the University of Northern Colorado Bears once again on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Coverage will be streamed on ESPN+ and on Zia Country 99.5-FM.  

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Kaden Martinez
Kaden Martinez, Staff Writer
Kaden Martinez is entering his first year at The Round Up as both a staff and a sports writing intern. This is his first time writing for a local publication (or any publication for that matter!). He is also entering his first year as a freshman majoring in Cybersecurity with a minor in Computer Engineering. Since his dad is in the military, he has moved all around New Mexico, having lived in Albuquerque, Springer, Maxwell, and finally Rio Rancho where he graduated. He is the oldest of three siblings. Kaden has always enjoyed writing, whether it was school related or as a hobby. He decided to become a member of The Round Up both to broaden his horizons and step out of his comfort zone by trying something new. Some of his interests include exercising, playing sports, video games, TV shows, and movies.
David Castañeda
David Castañeda, Multimedia Director
David Castañeda is starting his second year here at The Round Up, this being his first year as Multimedia Director. This is his second year at New Mexico State University and is majoring in Journalism & Media Studies. He was born and raised in El Paso, Texas as an only child but is extremely happy to be able to call Las Cruces his new home. David has had an affinity for photography since he was in elementary school and has only fallen deeper in love with the art through this job. Though David enjoys nothing more than to be behind a camera he loves to try to explore new hobbies and career options. He’s currently focused on improving his photography at The Round Up and working with the Multimedia Specialists to make the Multimedia team the best it can be. When he isn’t taking photos or editing them on Photoshop, David loves to spend his time with his 3-year-long girlfriend in their apartment where they frequently cuddle up in bed to watch some trash TV and films. On his own, he loves to play the bass and listen to music. His favorite artists are The Strokes and Gorillaz.    

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