|Posted February 14, 2009|
Pack owns the field in win over Adams
ALAMOSA, Colo. - CSU-Pueblo shot lights out Saturday at Adams State, connecting on 50 percent of its shots coming through with 21 assists as the ThunderWolves swept the season series with the Grizzlies after a 70-60 win.
The ThunderWolves were able to rebound from a tough loss to Fort Lewis on Friday to deliver a win for coach Pat Eberhart, an Adams State alum who had never defeated the Grizzlies on their home court as a coach. Eberhart is now 4-4 all-time as a coach vs. his alma mater.
The Pack only trailed on one occasion - when Adams State opened up the game's scoring with a leadoff three-pointer, responding with a 16-2 run to open the game and take immediate control.
The ThunderWolves spread the ball around, with five players scoring at least five points each in the first half as the Pack brought a 34-25 advantage into halftime.
The Pack continued to pour it on, led by a one-two punch at the post. Jake Trahern (Sr., Kit Carson, Colo.) got into foul trouble, scoring 13 points, but giving way to Imari Thomas (Jr., Los Angeles, Calif.), who put up his best game since starting the season with a double-double, scoring 13 off the bench, adding seven boards and executing two blocks.
But as always, the motor that ran the team was point guard Jordan Surratt (Sr., Morgantown, W.V.). Surratt set another career high with assists, registering nine dishes, the highest assist total by a ThunderWolf since 2005. Surratt had four points in 33 minutes of work.
The Pack's win helps them back over .500 in RMAC play, improving to 8-7 and 11-12 overall. The ThunderWolves are squarely in possession of the eighth and final playoff spot in the RMAC, up by a game over Colorado Mines with four to play. The Pack, in charge of its own playoff destiny, will close its season with a four-game home stand, starting Tuesday when it entertains West Division-leader, New Mexico Highlands.