ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico State Aggies officially re-entered the Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball race Thursday. Tonight, they try to hold their position.
The Aggies (11-8, 5-2) host San Jose State (9-8, 3-3) two nights after NMSU rocked and SJSU reeled.
New Mexico State easily handled first-place Utah State 64-51 on Thursday at the Pan Am for its fifth consecutive win. Bandja Sy’s 16 points led four Aggies in double figures.
The loss bumped Utah State (14-2, 5-1) out of first place, which Louisiana Tech (15-3, 6-0) now occupies.
The Spartans, meanwhile, shot only 28 percent from the field and fell hard at Denver University, 73-37. SJSU’s James Kinney, who averages 20.6 points per game, is not on the trip to Las Cruces because of a violation of team rules, the Las Cruces Sun-News reports.
Aggie freshman center Sim Bhullar, whose play was limited Thursday after a blow to the face bloodied his nose, was practicing Friday and is OK for tonight.
n Meanwhile, the New Mexico State women (3-4, 9-8) are at San Jose State (3-3, 6-11) for a 3 p.m. contest. The Aggies must rebound from a devastating 65-63 loss Thursday at Utah State, where the hosts hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer after the Aggies missed the front end of a one-and-one free-throw attempt with seven seconds left.
Women’s Top 25
No. 21 COLORADO 57, ARIZONA STATE 43: In Boulder, Colo., Chucky Jeffery scored 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Buffaloes past the Sun Devils.
Jeffery was 6-of-12 from the field in her double-double performance. She leads the Buffaloes in rebounding, averaging 8.1 per game.
Arielle Roberson had seven points and 11 rebounds for Colorado (14-2, 3-2 Pac-12).
Arizona State (10-7, 2-3) led 26-22 at halftime but could not keep pace with Colorado in the second half.
Freshman Haley Videckis led the Sun Devils with 11 points.
No. 15 LOUISVILLE 72, CINCINNATI 33: In Louisville, Ky., the Cardinals (15-4, 3-2) forced 31 turnovers in a Big East rout. Antonita Slaughter scored 13 points for Louisville, which held the Bearcats (8-9, 0-4) to 15 points in the first half.
BLACK HILLS STATE 70, WNMU 63: In Silver City, Calli Bechtel scored a game-high 25 points to lead the visitors (5-9, 4-6 RMAC), who shot 60 percent from the field. Morgan Wohltman scored 21 for Western New Mexico (2-13, 1-10 State men
WNMU 74, BLACK HILLS STATE 69: In Silver City, Lucio Luttrell scored a game-high 20 points for Western New Mexico (5-10, 4-7 RMAC), which fought back from a 11-point first-half deficit.