LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The coaches, naturally, pointed to deliberate play and good defense, and there was plenty of each.
But New Mexico State and Cal State Fullerton didn't score 80 points between them Monday night in the Aggies' 41-37 Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. victory in front of 5,132 in Pan American Center. And it wasn't all because New Mexico State had learned its box-and-one defense well.
The Titans, in losing their seventh road game in seven tries, shot only 36.4%. New Mexico State did somewhat better, finishing at 44.4% after approaching 50% in the second half.
"Both teams played far, far better defensively than offensively," Titan Coach George McQuarn said.
Fullerton (4-7, 0-2 in the league) had not scored so few points since the Titans set a school-record in 1981 in a 51-30 loss to Fresno State. For New Mexico State, it had been even longer--since a 48-41 loss to Texas El Paso in 1974.