Interesting stat, this year's Aggies are shooting New Mexico State's highest percentage from 3-point range since that run-and-gun team in 2010 that lost to Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament.
The difference is of course, that every NMSU team since that year has been built on the defensive end of the court.
NMSU is shooting 35 percent from 3 point range this season against Division I opponents
NMSU 3-point percentages since 2010
2014 - 35 (WAC ???)
2013 - 31.3 (30.6 WAC)
2012 - 32.8 (31.4 WAC)
2011 - 33.2 (33.2 WAC)
2010 - 37 percent (38.4 WAC)
Tyrone Watson and Bandja Sy were great Aggies, but perimeter shooting was not their strong suit. Those minutes have been replaced this year by more capable offensive players such as DK Eldridge, Kevin Aronis and Matej Buovac along with the improved play from KC Ross-Miller.
The Aggies have made 7 3-pointers in three of their past four games against D I opponents. The Aggies have been especially effective in the first half, giving the Aggies some early breathing room and opening things up for the post players as the game wears on.
"When you are scoring from the outside like we have been as of late, it opens it up for the interior," NMSU coach Marvin Menzies said. "It gives the interior guys one-on-one matchups where we feel like we have an advantage."
The Aggies hit 7 of 12 in the first half in their victory over New Mexico in Albuquerque. In Saturday's victory at Grand Canyon, NMSU was 8 of 16 in the first half against Grand Canyon and only attempted three triples in the second half.
Menzies said it wasn't a matter of being more aggressive early in games, but a matter of hitting shots that are open.
"Guys are free to take shots and free to play offensively," Menzies said.