Freedom New Mexico
LAS CRUCES — New Mexico State took no mercy Wednesday on a short-handed Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team, blowing out the Greyhounds 115-64 Wednesday in an exhibition game.
Western Athletic Conference preseason player of the year Wendell McKines had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Aggies, who led 50-24 at halftime. Christian Kabongo led four other Aggies in double figures with 18 points.
Senior Stefan Mirabel had six 3-pointers and finished with 28 points for the Hounds, who were missing four scholarship players.
Forward Max Carrier was injured in practice while forwards Aaron Edwards, Maurice McGee and guard Devone Davis were held out for disciplinary reasons related to academics.
NMSU took advantage of absence of Carrier, Edwards and McGee — who all are at least 6-foot-7 inches tall — to outrebound the Hounds 62-23.
McGee and Davis will play in tonight’s exhibition game at the University of Texas-El Paso while Edwards will sit out one more game, ENMU coach Andrew Helton said.
“We really played poorly,” Helton said. “They were very good, but we weren’t ready to play and it showed.”
Guards Reggie Nelson and Tralyn Harden added seven points each for the Hounds, who shot 30 percent from the field.