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Bulldogs to play at home Saturday

Bulldogs to play at home Saturday

By Matt Dearman


Bulldog basketball will return to action Saturday night when the team plays host to Western Athletic Conference foe New Mexico State at 7 p.m. in the Thomas Assembly Center.

Tech enters the contest with an 11-7 overall record and will be defending the team’s spot at the top of the conference standing as it looks to improve to 5-1 in WAC play.

New Mexico State currently sits at 7-8 on the year, with a 3-1 record in the conference and can pull ahead of the Bulldogs with a victory.

Leading Tech into the game will be junior Paul Millsap, who currently leads the nation in rebounds and looks to become the first player in NCAA history to claim the rebounding title three times. Millsap has averaged 12.5 rebounds per game this season, 15.8 per game in the conference, and is also the team scoring leader with 20.8 points per game and blocks with 34 on the season.

New Mexico State will be led by Tyrone Nelson, who is averaging 17.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. The Aggie defense also leads the conference in steals with an average of eight per game.

The game marks the first time Tech and New Mexico State will face off as conference opponents, with the Aggies playing in their first season as a WAC school. The teams last met in 2001, with New Mexico State ousting the Bulldogs 77-72.

This will also be the Bulldogs’ final home appearance before a two-game conference road trip to California to take on San Jose State and Fresno State. Tech will return home on Feb. 2 when they host the University of Nevada.


Techsters to take on New Mexico

By Matt Dearman


Tech’s women’s basketball team will travel to Las Cruces, N.M., on Saturday to take on the New Mexico State Lady Aggies and try to bounce back from its first conference loss of the year, suffered against Fresno State on Jan. 14.

The Techsters are currently 11-4 on the season with a 3-1 mark in Western Athletic Conference play, while the Lady Aggies are 1-2 in the WAC and 5-10 on the year.

  Tech will be looking to take advantage of extra preparation time against New Mexico State, as the Techsters did not have a weekday game and will benefit from a full week’s rest following a long road trip that included a victory over Hawaii on Jan. 7 before the loss to Fresno State.

Leading Tech in the contest will be Tasha Williams, who is averaging 13.2 points per game with 37 steals on the year, and Ty Moore with 8.5 rebounds per game and 26 total blocks.

New Mexico State is anchored by Irma Kmitaite with 12.7 points per game and Jenean Ford with 6.7 rebounds per game.

The Techsters won these two teams last encounter with a 75-46 win in February of 2001.

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