Friday, March 12, 2010

Aggies shoot down Spartans and advance to semis, take on Wolfpack in Reno tonight

The No. 3 seeded New Mexico State Aggies (20-11, 11-5) take on the No. 2 seeded Nevada Wolfpack (20-11, 11-5) at 10 p.m. MST tonight in the second semis game of the 2010 WAC tournament at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev.

The Aggies come off from an impressive 90-69 win against the San Jose Spartans (14-17, 6-10) in the WAC quarterfinals Thursday. Jonathan Gibson scored 22 points, Jahmar Young added 16 and six assists and Wendell McKines had 15 points and 14 rebounds in a very scrappy, impressive performance by the Oakland, Calif. native. The Aggies outrebounded the Spartans 38-25 and shot 55 percent from the field, while the Spartans shot 45 percent.

The Spartans pulled to within 43-38 in the second half, but NMSU left the Spartans trailing by big digits after a 10-0 run thanks to the Aggies' premier sixth man Troy Gillenwater. Gillenwater ended the game with 11 points on 4-9 from the field and 1-3 from behind the arc. Gillenwater, a Boston, Mass., native, is averaging 14 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game since joining the Aggies late in the season after being academically cleared to play.

The Wolfpack also had an impressive showing against No. 7 seeded Idaho (15-16, 6-10) in yesterday's quarterfinals, defeating the Vandals 87-71. Nevada's Luke Babbit had an impressive 21 point performance, collecting seven rebounds along the way. Brandon Fields chipped in with 15 points in six boards and Joey Shaw dropped in an additional 14 points. Armon Johnson finished with 13 and Dario Hunt had 12.

In other WAC tournament action, the top-seeded Utah State Aggies (26-6, 14-2) took care of eight-seed Boise State (15-17, 5-11), 84-60, in the first game of the tournament. Utags' Tai Wesley shot 9-of-15 from the field and added four assists, three blocks and two steals. The Aggies have won 16 in a row and face off against Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. MST on ESPNU. Tech held off the Fresno State Bulldogs, 74-66, with the help of a 12-point performance by Magnum Rolle and the near double-double (11 points, eight boards) from Olu Ashaolu.

Tonight's New Mexico State Aggie game will be nationally televised on ESPN2. For live coverage of the event and to join the conversation with other Aggie fans, keep your laptop handy to discuss the game as it progresses right here on Bulletin in the Zone.

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