Friday, February 21, 2014

UTPA: Three keys unlocked

Attack the interior: This is all NMSU did. Sim Bhullar had 15 points, Chili Nephawe with 12 points and Renaldo Dixon with 10 points off the bench. Speaking of Dixon, he did a fine job in a starting role this year, but coming off the bench these past two games, he gives the Aggies a nice scoring punch off the bench, averaging 15 points in the last two games. NMSU shot 80 percent in the second half and started the second half with a 14-2 run. Nephawe, Bhullar and Dixon scored 8 of those points. The Aggies shot 68.3 percent for the game, which just missed a school record. The NMSU school record is 68.6 percent last year against UTSA.

Rebound: UTPA shot 39 percent and only had 9 offensive rebounds. NMSU held UTPA to one shot for the most part, out rebounding UTPA 31-19.

3-point line: NMSU hit wide open 3s. Kevin Aronis continued his stellar senior season hitting both of his 3 point attempts as NMSU made just enough 3s to keep the paint open for the Aggies big men and Daniel Mullings. NMSU was 5-8 from 3 point range while UTPA was 2-10

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