College Basketball Nation: Adam Nigon

San Diego State survives

March, 11, 2010
LAS VEGAS -- The bubble nearly burst for San Diego State, but the Aztecs came away with a 72-71 win against pesky Colorado State in a Mountain West tournament quarterfinal to advance to a date tomorrow with New Mexico.

D.J. Gay's two free throws were the difference, and he said afterward that the Lobos were on his mind.

"This is a game we’ve been asking for, looking forward to," Gay said. "We just wanted to play tomorrow. We didn’t want to come out here for one day."

The Rams did give the Aztecs a scare. CSU had the ball for a final possession, but freshman Dorian Green's pass went out of bounds.

San Diego State then watched a desperation 3-point attempt miss at the buzzer after Chase Tapley missed the front end of a one-and-one.

Tapley, Malcolm Thomas and Billy White each scored 15 for the No. 4-seeded Aztecs as they improved to 23-8.

"This is the only tournament we can be in right now," San Diego State coach Steve Fisher said. "We came here to win three games."

Adam Nigon scored 18 for CSU, which lost starting forward Andy Ogide after he was ejected in the first half for appearing to throw an elbow that knocked down Brian Carlwell.

Coach Tim Miles said he apologized to Fisher after the game for the incident.

The Rams had a 53-49 second-half lead before the Aztecs went on a 9-0 run to regain momentum.

But a close call it was against CSU, which fell to 16-15.

Halftime: San Diego State 41, Colorado State 33

March, 11, 2010
LAS VEGAS -- Some halftime observations.

  • Colorado State forward Andy Ogide was ejected and assessed a flagrant intentional technical foul after collecting a rebound and using a forearm to shove off San Diego State's Brian Carlwell. Carlwell was knocked down on the play and had to be restrained by teammates from going after Ogide. The technical foul and ejection was announced after officials reviewed video of the play.
  • San Diego State forward Billy White continues to be hobbled by a left ankle sprain and, at one point, he sat on the end of the court after aggravating it and checking out of the game. The Aztecs would like to get White healthy, but at a tournament like this one, there's not much time for rest.
  • The Rams are in the game because they're shooting 55.6 percent from the field. Defensively, they're frustrating the Aztecs with some hard fouls. San Diego State had 15 free-throw attempts against three for CSU.
  • Chase Tapley leads all scorers with 15 points for San Diego State, coming off the bench to go 6 of 7 from the field. Adam Nigon has 10 for CSU.

Lobos hang on for 12th straight win

February, 24, 2010
FORT COLLINS, Colo. --- For the third time in the past four games, New Mexico narrowly escaped a debilitating loss. The Lobos trailed with six minutes remaining, but averted Colorado State's upset bid with a 72-66 win that set up a possible regular-season conference championship with BYU on Saturday. The Lobos (26-3, 12-2 MWC) will head to Provo on a 12-game winning streak.

More to come in a feature tomorrow, but here are some quick thoughts from the game:

  • New Mexico senior Roman Martinez had a spectacular game. He made a couple key shots down the stretch, hustled and grabbed a crucial rebound and hit a free throw at the end of the game to lock up the win.
  • Colorado State guard Adam Nigon had a career-high with 23 points. His previous best was 17 against Montana earlier this year. Nigon kept the Rams in the game by hitting a career-high six 3-pointers.
  • New Mexico turned it over 16 times and shot just 36.8 percent, which is one of its lowest shooting percentages during conference play. The Lobos made just 10-of-30 shots in the second half.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- No. 12 New Mexico plays No. 11 BYU on Saturday, but it appears the Lobos forgot they have to get through tonight’s game against Colorado State first.

The Rams have taken the fight to New Mexico and lead the Lobos 32-29 at halftime in front of about 4,000 fans at Moby Arena.

New Mexico hasn’t played anything like the team that earned the No. 12 ranking this week. It’s missing layups, has 12 turnovers and has struggled to get into any sort of offensive rhythm. None of the Lobos have scored in double figures.

Colorado State, on the other hand, is playing one of its best games of the season. It’s shooting 40 percent from 3-point range, led by guard Adam Nigon, whose game-high 14 points have come on four 3s and a pair of free throws.

If New Mexico loses this game, it will need BYU to lose to San Diego State tomorrow to get back even atop the conference standings heading into Saturday’s game.