|Posted January 21, 2011|
Pack snatches victory in close matchup with Chadron
Game-ending steal seals win for Pack.
CHADRON, Neb. (GoThunderWolves.com - Jan. 21, 2011) - Though it was hardly an exhibition of textbook basketball, CSU-Pueblo was the beneficiary of a sloppy ending Friday, as poor ball handling and untimely fouls helped the Pack grab a 59-57 win.
It was the ThunderWolves' first Friday-night win this season and lifts the Pack to 8-8 on the season and 5-7 in RMAC play.
CSU-Pueblo was in control late, leading 57-53 with nearly two minutes remaining, but a pair of fouls late helped Chadron State to tie the game at 57 with 58 seconds remaining.
But inside of the final minute, each team took turns giving the other a chance to pull it out, but neither took the bait.
Chadron State committed two fouls inside of the final minute, both on the CSU-Pueblo end of the floor, and the Pack was able to go 2-for-4 with those final shots to take a 59-57 lead with 34 seconds left.
Appropriately, defense determined the outcome for the Pack, as Nathan Tigner (So., Fort Worth, Tex.) grabbed a steal in the final second as the Eagles were going for the tie, tilting the game for the ThunderWolves.
CSU-Pueblo will now travel to Nebraska-Kearney Saturday night where it will try to claim its first RMAC weekend sweep of the season.