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Grand Canyon is beaten by the Aggies in raucous atmosphere, largest home crowd since 2021-22 season

Grand Canyon is beaten by the Aggies in raucous atmosphere, largest home crowd since 2021-22 season

Aggies hold off Grand Canyon in raucous environment, largest home crowd of 2021-22 season

LAS CRUCES The Pan American Center is usually quiet after New Mexico State has made a mistake. This was the case when Donnie Tillman (senior Aggie forward) turned the ball over in the first quarter of Saturday’s game between NMSU Grand Canyon.

But this time, the waning groans and decrescendos from a crowd of more than 12,000Aggie fans were instantaneouslyreplaced by chants of “Let’s go Lopes!” GCU brought the ball across the halfcourt.

Although it wasn’t enough for the Lopes to have the homecourt advantage they enjoy at GCU arena, it was enough for Aggie players and NMSU’s student section to notice the difference.

Head coaches Chris Jans and Drew Bryce shake hands after the New Mexico State Aggies defeated the Grand Canyon Lopes at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022.

Twelve thousand three hundred seven fans, including a full NMSU student sections, packed the Pan Am to witness the Aggies’ 71-6 win over GrandCanyon in their first meeting in Las Cruces since February 2020. There were also at least 250 GCU students who wanted to make their presence known in a crucial conference battle. Students from Aggies brought signs that included jeers directed at students from GCU and posters simply declaring the series was “Not a rivalry.”

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