LOGAN, Utah – Payback almost certainly isn’t Utah State’s motivation tonight against visiting New Mexico State. But payback is certainly what the hosts could get.
New Mexico State (18-8, 12-2 Western Athletic Conference) seeks its 13th consecutive win tonight in a 9 o’clock tipoff at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State (17-6, 8-5) had a 13-game win streak, too, when it came to Las Cruces on Jan. 17. But NMSU broke it 64-51.
NMSU men at Utah St., 9 p.m., ESPNU, 101.7 FM; Utah St. at NMSU women, 6:30 p.m., AggieVision
The UtAgs haven’t been the same since. Leading scorer Preston Medlin (wrist) and forward Kyisean Reed (knee) were injured in that game and haven’t been back.
Coach Stew Morrill’s crew is usually invulnerable at home – with 95 wins in its last 105 home games. But that includes a relatively pedestrian 10-4 home mark this year, including a 63-60 overtime defeat to Denver (16-8, 12-2) on Thursday.
Nonetheless, the UtAgs remain a one-point favorite in tonight’s matchup.
Without the suspended forward Tyrone Watson and injured center Tshilidzi Nephawe, New Mexico State hasn’t been at full strength either, which makes its win streak that much more impressive.
In their absence, freshman center Sim Bhullar and junior forward Renaldo Dixon, both from Toronto, have emerged.
Bhullar blocked four shots in Thursday’s 67-57 NMSU win at San Jose State, giving the 7-foot-5 redshirt freshman 55 on the season. The 6-10 Dixon posted his first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
WOMEN: NMSU (10-14, 4-10) seeks to make it two straight wins tonight at home vs. first-place Utah State (14-10, 11-2). NMSU enjoyed a season-high offensive output Thursday in a 90-70 win over San Jose State.
Aggie men seek 13th straight win
— This article appeared on page D5 of the Albuquerque Journal