New Mexico St. has no Problem with UC Davis
November 14th, 2007
LAS CRUCES -- Wednesday night, New Mexico State and UC Davis met in an expected blowout. The New Mexico State Aggies were coming off an opening night win last week. While for the UC Davis Aggies this was their first game.
Early in the game UC Davis and New Mexico St. went shot for shot. The UC Davis Aggies were led by Junior guard Vince Oliver. Oliver seemed to be one of the few options UC Davis could turn to. Bailing them out late in the shot clock. For the New Mexico State Aggies they were able to find production from their freshman point guard Jaydee Luster. Luster scored eight of his twelve points in the first six minutes of the game.
However, once things started to get settled in New Meixco began to make a run to separate the game. UC Davis began to struggle to put the ball in, with three of their five starters shooting a combined 3 for 16. Oliver even struggled turning the ball over twice on back-to-back possessions. Paris Carter came in off the bench for New Mexico and lit UC Davis up. Carter was unstopable working the pick and roll with Hatila Passos. Passos was another bench standout for New Mexico State. He took advantage of Michael Boone's lack of speed and was even stealing rebounds from the seven footer.
When the second half started, UC Davis was able to find some offense from sixth man Nate Clark. Clark hit three shots from deep in the second half, briefly putting UC Davis back in the game. The only other bright spot in the second half for UC Davis was Junior Center Jesse Lopez-Low. Lopez-Low worked a great pick and roll game with Vince Oliver. He also was able to position himself to score off several missed shots and playing solid defense.
The second half was more of what the late first half was. UC Davis struggling on offense while New Mexico State had their way. Although around the eight-minute mark New Mexico state put in their bench which did allow UC Davis to cut the lead by a small amount. Overall this game was as expected, the talent level of the New Mexico State Aggies was too much for the small school from California.