Aggies Rebound with 102-74 win
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec (Aug. 12)-The New Mexico State men’s basketball team returned to the court and surpassed the century mark with a 102-74 win over the Kia All-Stars in Trois-Rivieres (Three Rivers) during its foreign preseason tour in Canada.
The Aggie offense was potent in the first half with a 54-37 advantage behind 13 points from junior center Hamidu Rahman. Junior forward Tyrone Watson was also in double-digits with 11 points while both junior guard Hernst Laroche and sophomore guard Bandja Sy scored eight each.
“We had a favorable outcome,” head coach Marvin Menzies said. “It was one of those types of games where I didn’t really know how we were going to perform based on the fatigue factor that we experienced last night.
“I was hopeful that only playing one game with a few extra hours of rest and with a little more time for recovery, that it would make a difference. And it did. At about 10 minutes into the game, we hit a stride and were a little sharper and that was due to not hitting the fatigue wall.”
Rahman and Watson finished with game highs of 21 points while senior guard Gordo Castillo had 14 including four 3-pointers in the second half. Sy added 13 while Laroche supplied 12.
Sy returned to the lineup after missing both games on Wednesday but freshman center Tshilidzi Nephawe was sidelined with an injury.
The Aggies continue exhibition play in Ottawa, Ontario, Friday, Aug. 13 against Carleton University at 5 p.m.
New Mexico State 1 2 Total Points
Bandja Sy* 8 5 13
Hernst Laroche* 8 4 12
Hamidu Rahman* 13 8 21
Gordo Castillo * 2 12 14
Tyrone Watson* 11 10 21
Christian Kabongo 2 3 5
Drew Herig 0 0 0
Makhtar Diop 0 2 2
B.J. West 6 2 8
Abdoulaye N’doye 4 2 6
Totals 54 48 102