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Lou Henson to coach House 'Aggies' during annual 'Hoops 4 Hope' event in Santa Fe

Former New Mexico State University basketball coach and New Mexico icon Lou Henson will coach a team from the House of Representatives during a charity legislative basketball game in Santa Fe at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.

Members of the New Mexico Legislature play annually in the "Hoops 4 Hope" basketball game, which helps to raise awareness and money for cancer treatment and research, with proceeds benefitting the University of New Mexico Cancer Center. Members of the New Mexico State Senate are designated as the "Lobos," and the "Aggies" consist of members from the House of Representatives.

Last year's event raised more than $26,000, with total proceeds exceeding $100,000 since 2007.

Local representatives such as Bill McCamley, Nathan Cote and Jeff Steinborn were members of the House "Aggies" last year. Those expected to attend this year's event include NMSU's President Garrey Carruthers, NMSU's Athletic Director McKinley Boston, and NMSU's head football coach, Doug Martin.

Henson has 779 career victories, and led the NMSU Aggies to the NCAA Tournament, including the final four, in 1970. He also took the University of Illinois to the final four in 1989, and is one of few coaches to lead teams to the NCAA Final Four with two different programs.

The "Hoops 4 Hope" basketball game will be held at Capitol High School, 4851 Paseo del Sol, in Santa Fe. The cost is a $5 donation at the door.