Siakam leads the way for Aggies
Have you made it to an Aggie men’s game yet?
If not, you’re missing something special.
New Mexico State University sophomore forward Pascal Siakam is on a roll for the Aggies.
The 6-9 native of Douala, Cameroon has three 30-point games this season with career-highs of 35 points against Robert Morris and Oral Roberts, and 30 points against Tennessee Tech. He is the first Aggie to post multiple 30-point games in the same season since Troy Gillenwater had four in 2010-11.
Siakam is one of the 31 players on the Lou Henson Award mid-season watch list. The award, named after the Aggie coaching legend, is presented to the top player from a mid-major institution by College Insider.
He has tallied the first 20-20 game in 13 seasons for the Aggies with his 24 points and 23 rebounds earlier this season. That marked the most rebounds for an Aggie since Chris Jackson’s 23 at North Texas on Feb. 1, 2003.
Siakam has been named the WAC Player of the Week four times this season. He leads the nation in field goals made (168) and double-doubles (17), is sixth nationally rebounding (11.9 rpg) and 12th in scoring (22.2 ppg). He’s 33rd in blocked shots (2.16) and 48th in minutes played (35.11). He leads the WAC in all six categories as well.
There have been just two games so far when Siakam has not recorded a double-double (double digit numbers in at least two categories.)
Aggies cruise past Chicago State
Siakam paced the Aggies to their 11th win of the season with a season- high 10 blocked shots and 13 rebounds against Chicago State Saturday, Jan. 17.
He also scored 21 points.
The Aggies won at home 80-62. It was the 30th-consecutive home WAC victory for NMSU.
“I was happy about the overall effort,” said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. “(CSU) is the type of team that never gives up and keeps coming at you, and it was good to get a convincing win over them.”
Sophomore Johnathon Wilkins scored a career-high 13 points. The 6-10 forward hit all four of his shots from the floor and was 5-of-8 from the foul line with six rebounds.
Sophomore Matt Taylor also scored a career-high 11 points. The 6-5 guard also notched a career-high three blocked shots and just missed a career- best with eight boards.
The Aggies are now on the road and back out to the Golden State where they will tangle with Cal State-Bakersfield at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23.
CSU Bakersfield junior guard Dedrick Basile was been named WAC Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 11-17. He averaged 19.5 points on 58.3 percent shooting, to go along with 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.5 assists as the Roadrunners picked up a pair of road wins to improve their record to 13-5.
After a week off with no Thursday game, NMSU returns to the friendly confines of the Pan American Center at 7 p.m., Saturday Jan. 30 against UT-Rio Grande Valley.