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Game notes: CSU men's basketball hosts tall challenge in New Mexico State

Nov. 29, 2013

Colorado State vs. New Mexico State | Game 8 | Colorado State Challenge
Nov. 30, 2013 | 4 p.m. MT | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena (8,745)

5-2, 0-0 MW
Last Game
Bethune-Cookman (W, 66-52)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
Head Coach
 Larry Eustachy
Overall Record
433-269 (23rd Season)
Record at CSU
31-11 (Second Season)
7-1, 0-0 WAC
Last Game
Prairie View A&M (W, 91-60)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
Head Coach
Marvin Menzies
Overall Record
133-80 (Seventh Season)
Record at NMSU
Minutes Played/Game
Jon Octeus (33.7)
J.J. Avila (17.6)
Daniel Bejarano (7.7)
David Cohn (9)
J.J. Avila (28)
Gerson Santo (5)
Daniel Bejarano (10)
Field-Goal %
Marcus Holt (.800)
Free-Throw %
J.J. Avila (.891)
Three-Point %
David Cohn (.500)
Minutes Played/Game
Daniel Mullings (32.5)
 Daniel Mullings (17.1)
 Tshilidzi Nephawe (7.6)
 Kevin Aronis (11)
 K.C. Ross-Miller (33)
Sim Bhullar (26)
 Daniel Mullings (13)
Field-Goal %
Sim Bhullar (.778)
Free-Throw %
Renaldo Dixon (.917)
Three-Point %
K.C. Ross-Miller (.429)
Category CSU NMSU
Points/Game 79.3 78.6
Points Allowed/Game 71.0 66.6
Field-Goal % .444 .493
Opponent Field-Goal % .445 .402
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .330 .311
Opponent Three-Point % .363 .368
Free-Throw % .735 .689
Rebounds/Game 37.4 39.1
Rebounding Margin +4.9 +9.6
Assists/Game 13.1 12.6
Turnovers/Game 7.7 12.9
Opponent Turnovers/Game 11.6 11.5
Steals/Game 5.3 5.0
Blocks/Game 3.0 6.1
Video: ROOT Sports
Play-by-play: Mike Evans
Color Analyst: Joe Cravens
     DirecTV: 683 (HD)
     Comcast Digital: 26 | 665 (HD)
     Dish Network: 414 (HD)
Audio: Colorado State Sports Network
Voice of the Rams: Brian Roth
Color Analyst: --
     Stations: 105.5 FM ESPN, KREL 1580 AM
      KSIR 1100 AM, KRFD 94.5 FM, KNZZ 1100 AM
Live Stats: GameTracker

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Opening tip

  • Colorado State continues a 10-game home stand, hosting the final contest of the Colorado State Challenge on Saturday afternoon against New Mexico State.
  • The tilt between the Rams and the Aggies is set for a 4 p.m. MT tipoff at Moby Arena.
  • The game will air across the Colorado State Radio Network, including flagship 105.5 FM ESPN, with Brian Roth calling the action.
  • The game will be broadcast live on ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain, with Mike Evans and Joe Cravens calling the action.
  • Free streaming video is also available, outside of the ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain footprint, as part of the new Mountain West Network, at and 
  • The matchup will mark just the fourth in the series between Colorado State and New Mexico State. The Rams hold a 2-1 advantage. 
  • The Rams' 10-game home stand is the longest in program history, surpassing a stretch of seven consecutive home games played during the 1965-66 season. 

About New Mexico State

  • New Mexico State enters Saturday's matchup against the Rams with a 7-1 record, having won seven straight since a season-opening loss vs. Western Michigan (70-64) on Nov. 8 at the Rainbow Warrior Classic in Honolulu, Hawai'i. 
  • Marvin Menzies, in his seventh season as head coach at New Mexico State, has compiled a 133-80 record in his first Division I head coaching stint. 
  • Under Menzies, the Aggies have won a WAC regular-season championship (2007-08) and three conference tournament titles (2010, 2012 and 2013). 
  • NMSU is led by junior guard Daniel Mullings, who averages 17.1 points per game, one of four Aggies to average double-figures scoring along with junior guard DK Eldridge (11.4 ppg), junior center Tshilidzi Nephawe (10.4 ppg), and sophomore center Sim Bhullar (10.0 ppg).
  • Nephawe (6-10, 265 lbs) and Bhullar (7-5, 355 lbs) make up a stout front court for the Aggies, each starting all eight games and ranking 1-2 in rebounding for NMSU at 7.6 and 7.0 boards per game, respectively.

Series vs. New Mexico State

  • Saturday's matchup between Colorado State and New Mexico State marks fourth meeting in the series between the two programs. 
  • Colorado State holds a 2-1 advantage, including a 2-0 mark against the Aggies in games played in Fort Collins.  
  • The first matchup resulted in the series was the first game played at CSU's brand new Moby Arena.  The Rams won, 109-70, establishing an arena record for field goals made (45) that still stands. 
  • The Rams hosted the Aggies again on Dec. 9, 1966, capturing a 63-55 win at Moby Arena. 
  • CSU's lone loss in the series occurred Nov. 30, 1968, when the Rams opened the 1968-69 season with a 95-89 road loss in Las Cruces, N.M.

Rams vs. the WAC

  • All-time Colorado State, which was a member of the Western Athletic Conference from 1969-70 to 1998-19, is 19-13 against the current membership of the Western Athletic Conference. 
  • The Rams have previously faced CSU Bakersfield (1-0), Chicago State (1-0), Idaho (6-7), New Mexico State (2-1), Seattle (3-5) and UTPA (6-0). 
  • Colorado State has never faced either UMKC or Utah Valley on the hardwood.

A win over New Mexico State will...

  • Give Head Coach Larry Eustachy his 32nd win at Colorado State and the 433rd of his career.
  • Extend Colorado State’s non-conference home winning streak to 21 games, a streak that extends back to Nov. 19, 2011, when the Eustachy-led Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles defeated the Rams 79-58 at Moby Arena.
  • Push CSU’s overall home court win streak to eight games.
  • Give the Rams 29 straight home wins against unranked opponents.
  • Improve the Rams to 3-1 all-time against New Mexico State. 
  • Push the Rams to 20-13 all-time in matchups against the current membership of the  WAC. 
  • Give the Rams a 5-0 record at Moby Arena, the second straight year under Eustachy that the team has won five straight at home to open the schedule.

Looking ahead

  • Colorado State continues a 10-game home stand, hosting in-state rival Colorado on Tuesday evening. 
  • The tilt between the Rams and the Buffaloes is set for a 7 p.m. MT tipoff at Moby Arena. 
  • The game will air across the Colorado State Radio Network, including flagship 105.5 FM ESPN, with Gary Miller and Brian Roth calling the action. 
  • The matchup will be broadcast live on
  • The matchup will mark the 122nd between the Rams and Buffs, with Colorado holding an 84-37 advantage.




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