|Posted February 4, 2010|
Pack cruises to win in pivotal game
CSU-Pueblo 82, Western New Mexico 58
In a game that was supposed to be a close matchup against potential playoff teams, the ThunderWolves put Western New Mexico away, leading by as much as 30, putting an 82-58 hurt on Western New Mexico Thursday.
The ThunderWolves roared out of the locker room and dominated from the outset, beginning on a 10-0 run and not allowing a Western New Mexico field goal until the 11:47 mark. By then, the Pack was leading 18-5 and didn't look back.
Numerous Pack players had equal shares in the win as four ThunderWolves scored in double digits. Daniel Pierce (Jr., Edgewood, N.M.) enjoyed a strong game, finishing one board away from a double-double, logging 13 points and nine assists. Chris Busch (Sr., Oakland, Calif.), who had been struggling as of late, awoke to put up 12 points and six boards, sinking two three-pointers.
And once the game was out of hand and the end of bench subbed into the game, nobody impressed quite like Ty Trahern (So., Kit Carson, Colo.). The 6-foot-2 Trahern came through with two big dunks, including a pretty dunk on a feed from Kris Lawrie (Jr., Gardena, Calif.) that featured him dangling from the rim for dramatic effect.
With the win, the ThunderWolves move back into fourth place in the West Division standings, putting the Pack in control of the division's final playoff spot. CSU-Pueblo will get an eight-day vacation before returning to the hardwood Friday when Adams State comes to town.