Say what you will about the off court stuff, it's realistic that without Wendell McKines, the Aggies would be a very average or below average team. We saw it in the first half when Wendell had three fouls. Then with McKines back in the game, the Aggies open the second half on a 17-2 run. He sits for a couple minutes, Hawaii steals the lead back briefly and after Gibson puts them up one, McKines converts a three-point play when he returns.
The Aggies press was also the difference. They shot 44.4 percent in the second half after a 31 percent first half. When the shots were falling and NMSU was able to set up its press, the Warriors turned the ball over eight times in the second half and 17 for the game.
I thought the San Jose State game would be an easy win. Not so. Adrian Oliver now has two of the top three scoring performances of the WAC season with 39 points in a win over La. Tech.
San Jose State 87, Louisiana Tech 76
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)-- Adrian Oliver scored a career-high 39 points,
lifting San Jose State to an 87-76 victory over Louisiana Tech on Thursday
The Spartans (10-8, 3-3) snapped the Bulldogs' 10-game winning streak and
handed them their first WAC loss of the season.
Chris Oakes had 16 points for the Spartans while Robert Owens scored 12.
Kyle Gibson led Louisiana Tech (17-3, 5-1) with 22 points, only two of those
coming in the first half when he got into early foul trouble. Olu Ashaolu
added 19 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs.
Oliver was one point short of the San Jose State single-game scoring record
of 40 set by Wally Rank on Jan. 3, 1980 against Sacramento State. Oliver's
39 points surpassed his previous career high of 37, set last February
against Boise State.