LAS VEGAS, N.M. (December 6, 2016) - Entering Tuesday's tilt, six of the seven Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball games this season had been decided by five points or less or in overtime. Tonight, the ThunderWolves were able to establish and maintain a large lead all contest in a 87-67 Rocky Mountain Athletics Conference road win at New Mexico Highlands University.
The Pack improved to 4-4 overall and 2-1 in RMAC play after they shot 50 percent, which marked the eighth game this season the team has posted a shooting percentage at 50 percent or better. CSU-Pueblo entered the game ranked seventh nationally in field goal percentage (52.5%).
The ThunderWolves won the rebounding category 35-23, which included 13 offensive boards. CSU-Pueblo totaled 14 assists to the Cowboys' six.
Junior Mark Williams (G, Chico Hills, Calif.) recorded a team-high 18 points and added a squad-best eight rebounds (six on the offensive glass). He shot 7-of-14 (50%) from the field and added a steal. Williams led a group of seven players in double figures. Junior Josh Smith (G, Colorado Springs, Colo.) knocked down four of the Pack's eight 3-pointers for 12 points. He also contributed five rebounds and two steals.
Smith recorded all four of his daggers from downtown in the first half, as the ThunderWolves never trailed in the game. The road team built a halftime lead of 43-29, thanks in part to a 51.6 to 38.7 percent shooting disparity in the opening 20 minutes.
The Cowboys recorded the first three points of the second half to move the game within 11, but that would be as close as they would get. The ThunderWolves continued to hit shots and attack the basket early to open a 20 point lead on a Williams layup with 13:38 left in the game. CSU-Pueblo never looked back and posted its second 20-plus point victory the season.
The ThunderWolves concluded the five-game road trip with a 3-2 record and are now home for the next four contests. The Pack host Westminster College Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. to open the RMAC home slate.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics