SFA / New Mexico State

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nacluth
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SFA (10-5, 2-0) vs. New Mexico State (7-7, 0-2)

WHEN: 1/4 (WED) 6:30P.M.
WHERE: William R. Johnson Coliseum (Nacogdoches, TX)
WATCH: ESPN+


Things took a turn for the New Mexico State Aggies when guard Mike Peake was involved with the shooting death of a New Mexico student hours before the in-state rivals were to play an annual showdown. The subsequent events entangling other Aggie teammates, coaches and athletic directors has cast a pall over their current season while a state as well as an independent investigation are determining if university staff or students acted improperly. The team has continued to play most of their scheduled games and have played decently if not quite up to expectations.

The SFA Lumberjacks find themselves 2-0 in WAC play after their first week but now face a difficult five game stretch where every opponent has a higher NET rating than any team they have defeated this year. It starts with a home stand against NMSU and Grand Canyon. Last year they knocked off GCU in the mid-week to give up the Saturday game to NMSU. This year the goal is to protect their court.

The Aggies are a wounded dog of a team losing back to back games at home for the first time in over a decade. They are desperate and they know that starting conference play 0-3 is as close to an early season death knell as they come. The only team of note that this team has beaten in their train wreck of a non-conference was a good Duquesne.

They are led by guards Xavier Pinson (6' 2", Sr.) and Deshawndre Washington (6' 7", Jr.) who average over 25 points and 10 rebounds together. Issa Muhammed (6' 9", Jr.) and Marchelus Avery (6' 8", So.) tag team in the middle and do a good job at limiting close buckets. This team has about the most even stat sheet of any team in the nation. There's nothing they do exceptionally well but there's not anything they do poorly. The main thing is that they don't always play team ball as well as they each individually play ball.

The Jacks are finally riding a real winning streak. Day Day Hall is starting to find his rhythm down low and the stretched guard corps is starting to fill in each other's gaps. With 9 players to rotate through, the Lumberjacks are finally showing some energy and spark on both ends of the ball. Pushing their winning streak into January is of primary importance.

Winning rebounds against a solid interior group, hitting the perimeter shots while slowing theirs down, stepping on a lead when we have it are all goals for this game. The Aggies' confidence is shaking. If the Jacks can put them down then they will break them.

Axe 'em!
BigJack85
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nacluth said:

SFA (10-5, 2-0) vs. New Mexico State (7-7, 0-2)

WHEN: 1/4 (WED) 6:30P.M.
WHERE: William R. Johnson Coliseum (Nacogdoches, TX)
WATCH: ESPN+


Things took a turn for the New Mexico State Aggies when guard Mike Peake was involved with the shooting death of a New Mexico student hours before the in-state rivals were to play an annual showdown. The subsequent events entangling other Aggie teammates, coaches and athletic directors has cast a pall over their current season while a state as well as an independent investigation are determining if university staff or students acted improperly. The team has continued to play most of their scheduled games and have played decently if not quite up to expectations.

The SFA Lumberjacks find themselves 2-0 in WAC play after their first week but now face a difficult five game stretch where every opponent has a higher NET rating than any team they have defeated this year. It starts with a home stand against NMSU and Grand Canyon. Last year they knocked off GCU in the mid-week to give up the Saturday game to NMSU. This year the goal is to protect their court.

The Aggies are a wounded dog of a team losing back to back games at home for the first time in over a decade. They are desperate and they know that starting conference play 0-3 is as close to an early season death knell as they come. The only team of note that this team has beaten in their train wreck of a non-conference was a good Duquesne.

They are led by guards Xavier Pinson (6' 2", Sr.) and Deshawndre Washington (6' 7", Jr.) who average over 25 points and 10 rebounds together. Issa Muhammed (6' 9", Jr.) and Marchelus Avery (6' 8", So.) tag team in the middle and do a good job at limiting close buckets. This team has about the most even stat sheet of any team in the nation. There's nothing they do exceptionally well but there's not anything they do poorly. The main thing is that they don't always play team ball as well as they each individually play ball.

The Jacks are finally riding a real winning streak. Day Day Hall is starting to find his rhythm down low and the stretched guard corps is starting to fill in each other's gaps. With 9 players to rotate through, the Lumberjacks are finally showing some energy and spark on both ends of the ball. Pushing their winning streak into January is of primary importance.

Winning rebounds against a solid interior group, hitting the perimeter shots while slowing theirs down, stepping on a lead when we have it are all goals for this game. The Aggies' confidence is shaking. If the Jacks can put them down then they will break them.

Axe 'em!



Break 'Em…..
Axe 'Em Jacks - Class of 85'
BigJack85
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Opens at SFA favored by 2. This is going to be a dogfight. NMSU has its "back against the wall". SFA then Cal Baptist followed by Seattle. Tough sequence for NMSU. Hopefully we make it bad for them.

Went to this game last year and watch Rice put SFA in a tough spot early. We need Nana to play tough.
Axe 'Em Jacks - Class of 85'
No-look
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NMSU doesn't have a dominant post presence but they shoot the ball well. They can light it up with the threes if not guarded. Very athletic. Jacks will have to bring it.
MasterAxe
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If you'd like a summary of the shooting that the NMSU player was involved in.

https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/2022/12/12/deadly-shootout-on-unm-campus-involving-mike-peake-timeline-of-events-videos-stories/69707084007/
No-look
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Need a good crowd tonight. Get that W!
PurpleOut
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Staff
Jacked to be back in the coliseum tonight, just hope there's some energy in the crowd.
nacluth
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I love it when a plan comes together.
No-look
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NMS has some height
nacluth
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Posey!
Jacks1989
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Posey!!!
nacluth
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Two quick forced TO's by JJP!
Ljacks&Longnecks
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Fouls piling up quick on us
Ljacks&Longnecks
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Roti first shot on the mark......good sign
nacluth
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Not the cleanest first four minutes, but up 7-2 early.
jboy93
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If we would follow our shots we could get some long rebounds!
nacluth
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First double digit lead at 15-4.
nacluth
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U8 in first half 18-7 SFA.
Jacks1989
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Really like how everyone is contributing. Great start.

jboy93
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I love how casual our floor mop guys are! Hands in their pockets and absolutely in NO hurry what so ever! lol
nacluth
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24-14 at U4 1st half.
Jacks1989
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Looks like a good crowd tonight
nacluth
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Tezeno getting hot.
nacluth
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Defense been playing sloppy hoping their poor shooting continues. When it doesn't, NMSU back under 10 points quick.
nacluth
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Absolutely trash last 2 minutes. Let NMSU go on an 8-0 run. Up 15 then down to a 7 point lead.

31-24 SFA.
No-look
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Pinson got them back in it
nacluth
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Only good thing to say about the first half is that the Aggies were so inept at shooting that we have a lead. Getting absolutely murdered on the boards 26-12.

We better wake up or this second half is going to be ugly.
Jacks1989
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That last minute was brutal.
SFA88
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Exactly right. Two wide open 3s by Pinson and no rush to get back in front of him and put a hand in his face.
nacluth
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Nana finally gets an offensive rebound.
MasterAxe
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The cameras not being color balanced/white balanced is triggering me.
nacluth
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2 quick threes has NMSU within 5.
BigJack85
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Watching from Puerto Vallarta….. back to vacation
Axe 'Em Jacks - Class of 85'
MasterAxe
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Us getting absolutely crushed on the glass is also triggering me.
Jacks1989
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They better wake up
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