Offensively, NMSU was out of sync, partly due to the point guard position. KC Ross-Miller looked like he hasn't played basketball in two years. Terrel de Rouen looked a bit sharper and was more effective on defense, at least slowing down Starks, who had 19 of his 33 points in the first half.
Daniel Mullings doesn't look ready to get a lot of time at point guard and I'm not sure from the sound of it that de Rouen will start, but he certainly should get more time earlier in the rotation. Mullings had four turnovers and didn't look like he ever got into the flow of the game in the second half, going scoreless.
The more I think about de Rouen's 3 coming out of a timeout, the less it bothered me. If he would have made it, he's a hero. He had the confidence to make it, but I'm not sure that's the best part of his game.
"KC struggled a little bit but I have a lot of confidence in him and he's been very good in practice. He sat out last year and half a year before that. Terrel gave a great spark off the bench, but I wish he shot it a little better. It's part of the shot selection we have."
The lack of someone to run the offense had an impact on NMSU centers Chili Nephawe and Sim Bhullar combining for six field goal attempts...six. Oregon State fronted the post and the ball either didn't move or the centers weren't aggressive enough to fight for position to get the ball.
Following is what ran in the Sun News.
Two high-powered offenses sputtered through an early season basketball game on Sunday.
New Mexico State trailed at Oregon State by 11 at halftime and by as many as 14 in the second half. The Aggies jumped to life in the final 2:10, pulling within six before losing their season opener 71-62.
NMSU senior Tyrone Watson and sophomore guard Daniel Mullings led the Aggies with 14 points each and Bandja Sy added 12 for the Aggies, who shot 36 percent from the floor.
Sy hit 1-of-2 free throws to pull the Aggies to within 68-62 with 54 seconds to play as NMSU was 10-for-21 at the foul line in the second half.
Marvin Menzies called a timeout with 37 seconds to play and Aggies sophomore point guard Terrel de Rouen pulled up for a 3-pointer in transition that didn’t fall with 32 seconds left to play coming out of a NMSU timeout.
NMSU earned the penalty with 12:29 to play but the Aggies couldn’t take advantage of the free throw line. The Aggies were 19-for-32 (59.4 percent) from the foul line for the game.
The Aggies had their way early on.
NMSU outrebounded Oregon State 21-13 in the first half and 46-33 for the game with 17 offensive rebounds. Mullings followed his own miss to put the Aggies up 13-7 with just over 12 minutes left in the half.
Mullings scored all 14 of his points in the first half, but Oregon State junior guard Ahmad Starks led the Beavers to a 41-30 halftime lead with 19 first-half points on the way to a career-high 33 points.
Starks and the Beavers outscored NMSU 15-5 for a 27-22 lead with 5:41 left as the Aggies went nearly three minutes without scoring and more than six minutes without a field goal. Yet Mullings kept the Aggies close, turning a steal into a dunk to pull the Aggies to 34-26, but Mullings gave the ball right back as the Beavers scored 11 points off seven NMSU turnovers. The Aggies couldn’t get into their offense as the half wore on, shooting 35 percent while Oregon State was 55 percent in the first half.