So if the Aggies beat Pacific, does that mean they technically didn't get swept by UTEP?
Probably not, but tonight's win over Pacific will hopefully give the Aggies some confidence moving forward.
I talked a lot of defense in post game and that will be the focus on the story in Monday's paper. I thought tonight was the best defensive performance the Aggies played, perhaps since Menzies took over — for an extended period of time. Pacific shot the Aggies out of their zone maybe midway through the first half, and then from then on, it was pretty much straight man to man and Pacific had some decent guards. We have seen flashes of good man-to-man, there were stretches at home against UNM, but never as sustained as they were tonight. NMSU forced eight turnovers in the second half after just one in the first half. And once the game got up and down, Pacific was really playing into the Aggies' hands.
Just think if Pacific didn't extend some of those possessions in the first half with nine offensive rebounds. Instead of being down by five at the half, the Aggies could have been up by a significant amount.
Pacific is good, St. Marys guards are in a different world, but Saturday NMSU's guards impressed me on the defensive end.