UH men's hoops blown out on road
Undermanned and overmatched, the University of Hawaii men's basketball team got blown out on the road by New Mexico State today.
The Aggies defeated the Rainbow Warriors, 88-64, in a game that was never in doubt.
Hawaii dropped to 9-16 overall and 2-10 in the Western Athletic Conference with its seventh consecutive loss. The ĺBows are now in a tie with Boise State at the bottom of the WAC standings.
New Mexico State improved to 16-9 and moved into second place in the WAC at 9-3 with its second victory over Hawaii this season.
Roderick Flemings matched his season high with 25 points, although he shot just 8 of 21 from the field. He also grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds.
Adhar Mayen added 11 points, and Brandon Adams scored 10 for the ĺBows. Ji Xiang also had his best game in a Hawaii uniform with nine points and seven rebounds as he got extended playing time in the blowout.
It was hardly enough against a New Mexico State team that was hitting from all angles. The Aggies shot 51.7 percent from the field, and made 11 3-pointers.
Hawaii shot 39 percent from the field and just 17.6 percent (3 of 17) from 3-point range.
Jahmar Young, Jonathan Gibson and Troy Gillenwater scored 18 points each to lead the balanced New Mexico State attack. Wendell McKines added 11 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Aggies to a 39-36 advantage on the boards.
The Aggies opened the game with an 8-0 lead and stayed in front the entire game.
New Mexico State closed the first half with a 14-6 run to take a 42-27 lead at intermission. Flemings carried the ĺBows in the first half, scoring 16 of
the team's 27 points.
It only got worse for Hawaiši in the second half. The Aggies opened the
second half with a 9-0 to increase the lead to an insurmountable 51-27.
New Mexico State led by as many as 29 points, and Hawaiši never got closer
than 22 in the game's final 15 minutes.
The ĺBows are scheduled to return to Honolulu on Tuesday. Hawaiši's final
three home games are upcoming: Feb. 20 against Cal Poly, Feb. 25 against
Utah State, then Feb. 27 against Nevada.