NMSU looks to extend streak vs Chicago State

first_imgTEAM LEADERSHIP: Jabari Rice and Ivan Aurrecoechea have led the Aggies. Rice has averaged 12.6 points and 4.8 rebounds while Aurrecoechea has put up 11.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. The Cougars have been led by juniors Andrew Lewis and Xavier Johnson, who are averaging 11.8 and 16 points, respectively.RAMP IT UP A NOTCH: The Aggies have scored 83 points per game against conference opponents so far, an improvement from the 64.3 per game they recorded in non-conference play.JUMPING FOR JABARI: Rice has connected on 39.6 percent of the 96 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 13 of 28 over his last five games. He’s also made 82.1 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Chicago State is 0-18 this year when it scores 74 points or fewer and 4-1 when it scores at least 75.UNDEFEATED WHEN: New Mexico State is a perfect 11-0 when it holds an opponent to 62 points or fewer. The Aggies are 6-6 when opponents score more than 62.DID YOU KNOW: The New Mexico State defense has allowed only 60.2 points per game to opponents, which is the ninth-best mark in the country. The Chicago State offense has produced just 63.3 points through 23 games (ranked 296th among Division I teams). NMSU looks to extend streak vs Chicago State February 5, 2020 Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNew Mexico State (17-6, 8-0) vs. Chicago State (4-19, 0-8)Jones Convocation Center, Chicago; Thursday, 8:05 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: New Mexico State looks for its 16th straight win in the head-to-head series over Chicago State. New Mexico State has won by an average of 24 points in its last 15 wins over the Cougars. Chicago State’s last win in the series came on Jan. 16, 2014, an 86-81 win. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Former player, SU trustee passionately defends Fine amid allegations

first_imgGeorge Hicker, former Syracuse University men’s basketball player and a member of the SU Board of Trustees, rejected the idea that Thursday’s allegations against Bernie Fine are in any way accurate. Fine, an associate head coach for the men’s basketball team, is accused of molesting two former ball boys, Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, according to an article published by ESPN on Thursday. The Syracuse Police Department is investigating the allegations against Fine. Fine is now on administrative leave. ‘I’ve been around him in every imaginable circumstance in life,’ Hicker said of Fine. ‘And there is no chance, no chance these allegations are right.’ Hicker played for the men’s basketball team from 1964-68. As a sophomore, Hicker played alongside then-senior SU head coach Jim Boeheim. Hicker said he has known both Boeheim and Fine, who was a student manager of the team at the time, for at least 45 years. ‘I know them. There’s no way this kind of stuff is going on,’ Hicker said. ‘Boeheim never saw anything, this guy is lying, and Bernie never did it.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Hicker criticized ESPN for reporting on the investigation without having full knowledge of the facts, calling it ‘irresponsible journalism.’ What happened at the Pennsylvania State University is not similar to the events at SU, Hicker said. ‘It’s an entirely different situation at Penn Sate, where there was a grand jury investigation,’ Hicker said. ‘They only just initiated a police investigation here so it’s not even a comparable thing. They’re going to investigate it and then they’re going to drop it.’ When asked whether Hicker had spoken with Boeheim or Fine, Hicker didn’t provide comment. However, Hicker said he had spoken to a ‘tremendous amount of people’ after the news broke, many of whom played for both Fine and Boeheim. He described those he spoke with as ‘flabbergasted by the allegations’ and said no one believes the accusations to be true. Hicker said he doesn’t know how long it will take for the allegations to die down, but hopes the situation will settle as soon as possible so that each party involved can move on. Said Hicker: ‘Hopefully they can get to it quickly so that he can go back to his job and when he walks into the Carrier Dome he gets an ovation for what he’s meant to the school.’ mainthia@syr.edu Comments Published on November 17, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more