The New Mexico State mens basketball team recorded one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2011-12, and the guiding force was a very experienced trio of seniors in point guard Hernst Laroche, forward Wendell McKines and center Hamidu Rahman.
The Aggie trio led NMSU to its second WAC Tournament Championship in three years and the 19th NCAA Tournament bid in school history. The Aggies finished the 2011-12 season with a 26-10 overall record, which was only one win shy of tying the program record, after falling to No. 17 Indiana, 79-66, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Portland, Ore., March 15.
The senior class left a considerable mark on the Aggie record book. For the first time in school history, the team had three 1,000-point scorers in one season. McKines concluded his career as the No. 8 scorer in Aggie history with 1,521 career points. Also, he ranked second in school history with 1,135 career rebounds and is only the second player at NMSU to reach the 1,000-career points and 1,000-career rebounds plateau. Laroche, who started in every single contest in his 135-game career, finished his time in Las Cruces with 1,209 career points to rank No. 15 on the Aggies all-time scoring list. Rahman completed his collegiate career as a member of the 1,000-point club with 1,081 career points to rank No. 21 at NMSU.
The historic basketball season also included the Aggies third triple-double in school history and first since 1990. Guard Daniel Mullings achieved the rare feat with 28 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the 115-73 rout of Hawaii, Feb. 23. In 2011-12, head coach Marvin Menzies recorded his 100th career victory in the conference tournament. With 102 career wins, he ranks fifth all-time at NMSU. Following a very memorable season, the Aggies return a youthful, but experienced team to defend their conference crown in 2012-13.
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