ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — So much for the talk of New Mexico State going 16-0 in Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball. Now the Aggies are in Kansas City, Mo., just hoping to salvage a split of a two-game league road trip.
“You are only as good as your last game,” NMSU coach Marvin Menzies said after his team’s 86-81 loss Thursday at Chicago State, “and as of right now, we are not the WAC leaders.”
Tonight the Aggies (14-6, 3-1) face the Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos (5-11, 2-2), who lost 78-66 at home Thursday to Texas-Pan American. UMKC started league play with two road wins, then gave that back with two home losses.
UMKC 6-foot-7, senior center Kirk Korver is the latest of four brothers who have played Division I basketball, including current Atlanta Hawk Kyle Korver.
In Chicago, the Aggies committed 19 turnovers, and now they face a team that leads the league in steals with 8.8 per game.
NMSU again is expected to play without 7-foot-5 center Sim Bhullar, who has been nursing a foot injury and has missed the last four games.
WOMEN: The Aggies (5-12, 2-2) host UMKC (6-11, 2-2) two nights after sophomore Abby Scott hit a school-record 11 3-pointers in Thursday’s 82-61 win over Chicago State. Scott had 20 of her team’s 38 3-point tries.
“We want to take that many, really,” coach Mark Trakh said. “We don’t have a dominant post presence.”
Trakh hasn’t had a full deck all season, from Danesia Williamson’s academic ineligibility early, an injury to Elena Holguin, and the recent defections of guard Vanessa Garner and post September Offutt.
Trakh said 6-5 post Audra Jones, also a member of the Aggie volleyball team, is expected to return from injury soon. Another volleyball player, Bradley Nash, scored four points, pulled down six rebounds and blocked two shots in seven minutes Thursday.