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New Mexico State forward Matej Buovac to transfer to Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart v UNLV

# of the UNLV Rebels # of the Sacred Heart Pioneers during their game at the Thomas & Mack Center on December 20, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNLV won 82-50.

Ethan Miller

After playing an average of 7.7 minutes per game in 2013-14, New Mexico State sophomore forward Matej Buovac has decided to transfer to Sacred Heart. The news was announced by the New Mexico State basketball program Wednesday afternoon. In two seasons in Las Cruces the 6-foot-7 Buovac, a native of Zagreb, Croatia, averaged 1.8 points per game.

Before joining the New Mexico State program Buovac attended La Lumiere Prep in Indiana.

“I would like to thank Matej for his time spent at New Mexico State and his contributions to the men’s basketball program,” New Mexico State head coach Marvin Menzies said in the release. “We wish him luck with his academic and athletic endeavors in the future.”

In Anthony Latina’s first season as head coach the Pioneers finished with an overall record of 5-26 and went 2-14 in NEC play. Sacred Heart loses two players with starting experience this year, as both Luis Montes and Mostafa Abdel-Latif are out of eligibility, and they’ll lose guards Evan Kelley and Steve Glowiak at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season.

Buovac, whose best offensive performance in 2013-14 came in a win over Northern New Mexico (18 points) will have two years of eligibility after sitting out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules.

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