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Aggies home win streak snapped after blowout loss to Sam Houston State

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David Castañeda
Guard Femi Odukale lifts himself up after a heavy fall. Feb. 22, 2024.

After a three-game road trip, New Mexico State men’s basketball returned to the Pan American Center to face the Sam Houston State Bearkats and saw their six-game winning streak at home end with a 79-58 loss. The Bearkats had four players score in double digits including 25 points from Lamar Wilkerson, while the Aggies were held to shooting just 38%. The Aggies now sit in sixth place in the Conference USA standings with only four games left in the regular season. 

Both sides quickly got off to a hot offensive start with forward Kaosi Ezeagu recording a monumental two-handed slam dunk for the Aggies. After guard Christian Cook nailed a shot to tie the game at five apiece, the Bearkats responded knocking down their first four three-point field goals and acquiring a lead they would retain for the rest of the game. The Bearkats ended the half making 10 of their 15 attempts. Wilkerson guided the Bearkats splashing seven of those attempts while scoring 20 of his 25 points in the first half.  

The Sam Houston State Bearkats overpowered the NMSU Aggies 79-58 on Feb. 22, 2024. (David Castañeda)

The Aggies faced a 25-point deficit and struggled to contain the Bearkats on both sides of the ball. The Bearkats dominated the Aggies, holding them to 31% shooting from the field and 25% from downtown in the first half. The Bearkats had their way making 51% of their shot attempts and entered the half leading 48-23. 

Wilkerson struggled to repeat his strong first half performance in the second, scoring only five points while getting into foul trouble early. Despite struggling to find his shot, his teammates picked up the slack and made life difficult for the Aggies. Davon Barnes’ 12 points and shooting 80% prevented the Aggies from making a comeback. 

Throughout the game, the Aggies were fouled multiple times and sent to the line. The Aggies struggled to knock down free throws, making only 14 of their 24 free throw attempts, leaving 10 points off the board. 

Guard Jaylin Jackson-Pose anticipates the ball while surrounded by Sam Houston State Bearkats. Feb. 22, 2024. (David Castañeda)

Despite the Bearkats’ huge lead with the second half winding down, Ezeagu put in the effort and dropped 15 points, making six of his eight shot attempts. Cook followed with 14 points and shooting 60% to be the only other Aggie in double figures.   

The Bearkats strong performance handed the Aggies their second home loss of the season, snapping a six-game winning streak at the Pan American Center. The Aggies will host LA Tech on Saturday before heading to Lynchburg Virginia to take on the Liberty Flames on Thursday Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. The game against Liberty will be streamed on the CBS Sports Network. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Victor Fierro, Sports Writer
Victor Fierro is starting his first year with The Round Up as a staff writer. He is currently a senior majoring in Journalism and Media Studies with a minor in Sports Marketing. He developed a passion for writing when he was in high school. His main goal is to become a play-by-play announcer for an NBA team. Victor loves to write game stories for all sports including basketball and football. Victor hopes working for The Round Up will help him grow as a person and a journalist.
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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