DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 24th, 10:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Titan Gym (3,500) -- Fullerton, California. Television: None. Home Record: NMSU 1-1, Fullerton 1-0. Away Record: NMSU 0-1, Fullerton 1-0. Neutral Record: NMSU 0-0, Fullerton 0-0. Conference Record: NMSU 0-0, Fullerton 0-0. Series Record: New Mexico State leads, 24-7.
GAME NOTES: The New Mexico State Aggies invade Fullerton this evening for a non-conference clash with the Titans, who are fresh off one of their biggest wins in recent memory.
New Mexico State opened the season with back-to-back double-digit losses to Saint Mary's-CA and New Mexico. Fortunately, the team was finally able to put one in the win column on Saturday with an 83-73 decision over Oklahoma Panhandle State, a weak non-league foe. The Aggies compete in the Western Athletic Conference, and they are led by head coach Marvin Menzies.
Cal State Fullerton showed a ton of heart last week in a 68-65 victory over UCLA in double-overtime. The Titans are now 2-0 on the young season, and they have had a full week to prepare for this evening's affair. Bob Burton is the head coach of Fullerton, which is a Big West Conference member.
New Mexico State owns a commanding 24-7 series advantage over Fullerton, including a 94-86 decision over the Titans last season.
Jonathan Gibson was nothing short of sensational for New Mexico State in the victory over Oklahoma Panhandle State on Saturday, as the guard poured in 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the floor, including a 4-of-10 effort from three-point range. Jahmar Young tallied 18 points and eight rebounds for the Aggies, who got 13 points for Hamidu Rahman. NMSU earned a 23-14 advantage in points from the foul line, perhaps the most obvious reason that they were able to win the game. Through three outings, Gibson leads the Aggies with 20.3 ppg on the strength of his 50 percent shooting from the floor. Young is contributing 20.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg, while Rahman brings 16.3 ppg and 6.7 rpg to the mix. The Aggies are scoring 79.3 ppg, a solid mark, but they are allowing 90.0 ppg.
Cal State Fullerton shot just 2-of-8 from the floor and 6-of-11 from the foul line in the two overtime periods against UCLA, so it is surprising that the Titans were able to emerge victorious. Fortunately, they played tremendous defense, limiting the Bruins to 3-of-17 efficiency from the field in the extra frames. Aaron Thompson scored 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds for Fullerton, as he played 47 minutes of action in the marathon affair. Gerard Anderson scored 14 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished out five assists and recorded four steals, while Jacques Streeter managed 11 points. Bryce Webster ripped down 14 rebounds for Fullerton, which is netting only allowing 61.0 ppg this season on 34.8 percent shooting by foes. Thompson is averaging 16.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg.
In what figures to be a fairly competitive contest, give the edge to Fullerton. After all, it is hard to be impressed with New Mexico State's 10- point win over Oklahoma Pandhandle State.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cal State Fullerton 86, New Mexico State 77