NMSU leads 48-31 at the half on 65.6 percent shooting. Troy Gillenwater leads the way with 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting in 11 minutes.. Gordo Castillo has eight, knocking down 2 of 3 from the 3-point line.
Tyrone Watson had six points and two rebounds but he turned the ball over three times in the first half. Bandja Sy had four points and two rebounds.
Watson was benched after a charge and a turnover for Sy in first two minutes
When in full court, if a guard tosses ball over Gillenwater or Sy, Hamidu Rahman comes over to trap.
Christian Kabongo could be the on ball defender they’ve been missing last couple of years. Instant energy of the bench.
Interesting early lineup: Kabongo running the point, Gordo, Watson, Nephawe and Dixon.
Gillenwater looks a little troubled by an ankle. Maybe not.