I thought the New Mexico State Aggies played all right on Thursday night on the road at Boise State. Unfortunately, all right isn't always good enough and it wasn't in this one. NMSU fell 87-84.
Troy Gillenwater can score the ball and he did it time and again vs. the Broncos. He also rebounded much better tonight. As a whole, the team rebounded good. They grabbed 13 more boards than Boise. I can only remember one offensive board Boise got in the second half on a long tipout. You're going to give up a few here and there. It wasn't nearly as glaring of a problem as it has been in the past.
The only thing about Gillenwater I will say is this: He can score the ball. He's skilled with the ball in his hands and around the basket and he has range. But he has to be more of a presence underneath on defense. I can recall two times he made buckets, late in the game, and the Aggies gave up a layin on the other end on Boise's following possession. I think Troy could be a great player. And I remember a big block he had as well with a Boise player looking to go to the rim. He has to continue to develop and remain hungry.
Jonathan Gibson took some shots way too early in the shot clock in the second half. They were wasteful possessions and the team would have been better served to go back to Gillenwater. Boise could not match up with him. No need to hoist up a 3 with the shot clock at 26 with five minutes left in the game and your team desperate for a bucket...And I think Jonathan should be better than 68 percent from the free throw line. I like Jonathan and want to see him do great things. He's better than that.
Again, Jahmar played well. He's a fearless offensive player.
The team really needs a good performance against Idaho, one which ends in a win. It will be tough. The Vandals will be waiting for the Aggies in Moscow with last week's loss still fresh on their minds. I don't know who's going to win. I do have a hunch that it will be a very hard fought game.