|Posted January 29, 2010|
ThunderWolves can't halt slick-shooting Skyhawks
Fort Lewis 84, CSU-Pueblo 69
DURANGO, Colo. - The Pack saw a very hot night shooting the
three end up being all for naught as CSU-Pueblo fell shy of Fort
Lewis Friday night, losing 84-69.
CSU-Pueblo hung with Fort Lewis, a team that has won 15 straight over the ThunderWolves, for much of the night, but a late cold streak spelled a 15-point win.
The first half ended in much the same way as the second half - CSU-Pueblo was hot, holding a 32-30 lead with five minutes remaining before Fort Lewis caught fire. The Skyhawks closed the half on an 8-0 run, giving Fort Lewis a 43-34 halftime lead.
The run was extended to 12-2 with the opening action of the second half, and suddenly CSU-Pueblo was playing catch-up, trailing 47-36 a minute into the second half.
The Pack made a spirited advance, outscoring Fort Lewis 10-3 to come within four, 50-46, at the 14-minute mark. But the Skyhawks responded by netting the next eight points.
The pattern repeated itself throughout the remainder of the game, the Pack getting as close as 72-69 with 4:03 remaining, but the hot-shooting Skyhawks, which sank 62 percent of their shots, simply kept CSU-Pueblo from taking the lead, eventuall building a 15-point advantage.
The ThunderWolves' night was defined by its three-ball, going 12-for-26 from beyond the arc, with six different Pack players netting at least one trey. Four ThunderWolves scored in double-figures, led by 14 by Chris Busch (Sr., Oakland, Calif.) and 12 by Donell Wells (Jr., Denver, Colo.), seeing his first action after missing the past four games.
CSU-Pueblo, now 10-7 overall and 5-5 in RMAC play, encounters an early must-win against a fledgling Adams State squad Saturday night.