New Mexico State's 83-78 men's basketball win over Fresno State was a microcosm of the Aggies season.
In short, when the Aggies can hit their 3-point shots, they become a very tough team to beat.
In the first half on Saturday night, the Aggies shot 0 of 5 from 3-point territory, hit 4 of 9 in the second half, and then drained 3 of 4 to close out the game in overtime.
They were down 19 points in the second half, yet came back and won.
And Bandja Sy remains an X-factor for this team.
Sy is a good defensive player because he's long and plays hard.
Offensively, however, he's not always the aggressor.
He scored 22 points against Fresno State — a breakout performance, but one that could also be the norm.
Take a look at Sy's teammate Wendell McKines, who takes the court looking to prove a point. If Sy adopted a similar attitude, he could be the guy next year as a senior on the Aggies.
Speaking of McKines, I don't think the Aggies win this game last year, and his presence and leadership seem to be big reasons they won in 2012.
He carried them in overtime on Saturday, hitting three 3-pointers.
For the second game this year, Fresno State took the court with a good gameplan against the Aggies.
They packed the paint on defense and forced NMSU to hit the 3-ball — and for a while it worked.
The Bulldogs are a well-coached and disciplined team offensively as well.
They took a 41-25 lead at halftime and had the Aggies right where they wanted them — until the Aggies came back and hit them even harder.
With that being said, I like NMSU in a WAC Tournament rematch.
For that reason, and I think the quick turnaround works for the Aggies against a Fresno State team that wasn't an easy out on its home floor this year, posting a 3-4 home record during conference while playing teams tough.
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