Marvin Menzies won 20 games for the third straight season, beating Chicago State 84-55 on Saturday. The last time a coach won 20-plus games for three straight seasons was Neil McCarthy when the Aggies did it six times from 1989-95.
Attack the interior: During one timeout, KC Ross Miller took a mid range jumper and Chicago State scored in transition, forcing the Aggies to call a timeout. NMSU assistant coach Paul Weir yelled, 'Get it inside.' The Aggies were up 15 at the time. It was apparent the Aggies wanted to get the ball inside. NMSU scored 32 points in the paint, led by Renaldo Dixon's 20 points. Chili Nephawe had eight points and Sim Bhullar had 5 points. NMSU shot 64 percent in the first half and finished shooting 55.8 percent.
Limit turnovers: NMSU didn't do this, but Chicago State was just as careless with the ball. Chicago State scored 15 points off of 14 NMSU turnovers. The Aggies scored 26 points off 15 Chicago State turnovers.
Guard the 3: Once the Aggies jumped on top, I thought Chicago State would look for the 3 more than they did, but Chicago only attempted 11 3s (NMSU shot 20 3s). Chicago State made 8 3s in the first meeting but were only 3-11 on Saturday.