New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies congratulated and consoled his players in the locker room following another season that included a Western Athletic Conference title and NCAA tournament berth.
Coping with another opening-game loss could take more time.
Bandja Sy had 17 points and nine rebounds in the lone bright spot of a horrendous shooting performance, and the 13th-seeded Aggies were eliminated in a 64-44 loss to fourth-seeded Saint Louis in the second round Thursday.
''I will say that my only disappointment is that we didn't get a chance to show who we really are,'' Menzies said. ''We didn't get a chance to play like the real WAC champions, and that's disappointing because it's such a special platform and a special stage to be on. And to not have the type of production that we would normally get from our guys is just frustrating.''
Saint Louis had its usual scrappy showing and a whole lot more.
Dwayne Evans had 24 points and six rebounds and Cody Ellis scored 12 points ...