New Mexico State completed a sweep of rival New Mexico Tuesday night with a 100-65 victory.
It’s the largest margin of victory ever in the Rio Grande Rivalry. With the win, Aggies Head Coach Chris Jans completed a two-year sweep of rivals New Mexico and the UTEP Miners. He is the first Aggies coach to do it.
The game against the Lobos started like the first one. The Aggies were on fire and the Lobos were lethargic.
The Aggies jumped out to an 11-0 lead, mostly behind the strong play of Ivan Aurrecoechea. He would finish the game with 23 points after scoring 17 points in the first half. The Aggies held a commanding 50-22 lead at halftime. The Aggies started the second half just as strong as the first. Utah transfer Jo Jo Zamora found his stroke on his way to a game-high 27 points.
The Aggies shot 50 percent from the field while the Lobos shot a woeful 29 percent. The Lobos also struggled mightily at the free throw line where they shot 57.6 percent. The Aggies were 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The Aggies also dominated inside with 44 points in the paint compared to that of 16 for the Lobos. The Aggies did it by owning the glass.
They outrebounded one of the tallest teams in the nation 51 to 29. Dru Drinnon led the Lobos with 13 points. Vance Jackson and Karim Ezzeddine had 11 points each. Eli Chuha was the only other Aggie in double figures with 11 points.
The 4-2 Lobos are in Los Angeles Friday for a date against the Gaels of St.Mary’s. The game will be played at the Staples Center. The 7-1 Aggies are at second-ranked Kansas Saturday.