Broncos Travel to Las Cruces to Battle New Mexico State for Third

BRONCOS TRAVEL TO LAS CRUCES TO BATTLE FOR THIRD: It’s been a long trip for the Boise State men’s basketball team and its only half way over as the Broncos travel to Las Cruces to take on New Mexico State, Monday, March 2, in a battle for third place. The game is scheduled to tip at 7:05 p.m. (MT).

ABOUT THE NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES (15-3, 8-6): The New Mexico State Aggies own a record of 15-13 overall, and currently sit in No. 3 spot in the WAC with a conference record of 8-6 ... In their last game, the Aggies fell to La Tech, 71-80, breaking New Mexico State’s four-game winning streak ... As a team, New Mexico State has four players recording double-digit scoring averages ... Leading the way for the Aggies is sophomore Jahmar Young with 18.3 points per game, while junior Jonathan Gibson has posted 13.6 per game ... Not to be overlooked is forward Wendell McKines, who not only averages 12.3 points per game, but leads the team with 9.9 rebounds per game ... Making an impact in his first season is freshman forward Troy Gillenwater as he is adding an average of 11.9 points per game ... As a team, the Aggies rank first in the WAC in scoring offense (76.1 ppg), 3-point percentage (40.3), and steals per game(7.21 spg).

LAST TIME AGAINST NEW MEXICO STATE (January 22, 2009): La'Shard Anderson hit all four of his free-throw attempts in the final 14 seconds to lead Boise State to an 87-84 win over New Mexico State ... Anderson scored 15 points, as did fellow Broncos Kurt Cunningham and Ike Okoye. Aaron Garner added 11 points for Boise State ... Jahmar Young scored a game-high 25 points to lead New Mexico State. Troy Gillenwater contributed 24 points and a game-high 11 rebounds and Jonathan Gibson and Wendell McKines had 17 points and 10 points, respectively ... Boise State improved to 9-1 at home this season and 3-0 in home conference games ... There were seven lead changes and the score was tied seven times. But the Broncos used the free-throw shooting of Anderson to hold off the Aggies in the final seconds.

THE BRONCOS AGAINST THE AGGIES: Historically, New Mexico State leads the series 11-8, with Boise State posting a record of 1-2 against NMSU last season ... The win over the Aggies marked the first time since the 1998‐99 season that the Broncos have posted back‐to-back wins over New Mexico State ... The last time Boise State met NMSU was in the championship game of the WAC Tournament last season when the Broncos defeated the Aggies, 107‐102, in triple overtime ... That win over New Mexico State gave Boise State its first bid into the NCAA Tournament since 1994 ... The victory over the Aggies during the last meeting marked the first time since the 2005‐06 season that Boise State has posted a win over New Mexico State during the regular season ... The last time the Broncos posted a win over the Aggies in regular season play, the game was also played in Boise ... New Mexico State has won five of the last six games played in Las Cruces ... Boise State has never posted a regular season game in Las Cruces, however they beat the Aggies during the WAC Championship game at the WAC Tournament last season to earn an automatic NCAA Tournament berth.

RADIO:  KIDO (580 & 630 AM) in Boise will broadcast the game live with Bob Behler providing the play-by-play. Former Boise State basketball player Abe Jackson handles color commentary. The games can also be heard on the Boise State Broncos Radio Network in Twin Falls (KSNQ 98.3 FM), Pocatello (KWIK 1240AM), Idaho Falls (KID 590AM), Sun Valley (KYZK 107.5FM), and McCall (KDZY 98.3 FM). KIDO, which is in its first year as the home of the Broncos, will broadcast every Boise State game.

TELEVISION:  Monday night’s game in Las Cruces against New Mexico State will be available on KTVB 24/7, with coverage starting at 7 p.m. (MT).

BRONCOS ON THE INTERNET:  Fans can log on to broncosports.com and watch all home games.   By becoming a Bronco Vision premium subscription member, Boise State fans will receive access to live games, past games, seasonal highlights, special features and interviews that can only be seen by paying the membership price of $9.95 per month or $69.95 per year.  Bronco Vision members will need a high speed internet connection. Live stats can be found at broncosports.com to follow the game on game tracker.

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