ThunderWolves swarm Yellow Jackets in 80-60 win

ThunderWolves swarm Yellow Jackets in 80-60 win
SPEARFISH, S.D. (January 7, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Men's Basketball squashed Black Hills State University 80-60 Saturday behind a double-double effort from Mark Williams.

Thanks to their victory, the Pack improved to 9-5. They entered the night a half game out of first place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The ThunderWolves hold a 7-2 record in RMAC games. Black Hills State stumbled to 5-11 (2-8 RMAC).

Williams (Jr., Chino Hills, Calif.) scored 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field. He also pulled down 10 rebounds to earn his first double-double with the Pack. Williams contributed three assists, a steal, and a block while making all three of his free throws.  

Junior guard, Will Newman (Hawthorne, Calif.)  led all players with 19 points. He made 6-of-12 from the field and a trio of the 3-pointers. Newman dealt out three assists and pulled down four boards for the Pack. 

Nelson Kahler (Sr., Noosa Heads, Australia) chipped in 14 points, making 6-of-11 from range. Kahler swatted two Yellow Jacket shots and grabbed four boards.

Senior Rico Spikes (Merriville, Ind.) delivered another complete performance with 13 points and seven rebounds. He went 5-of-5 from the line and collected three assists and two steals.
Donovan Oldham (R-Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) added eight points off the bench. He came up with three steals and three rebounds.

With 17:12 left in the first half, the Yellow Jackets took a 7-6 lead. This would be the final time they were in front in the contest. The ThunderWolves embarked on a 15-4 run that put them up 21-11. They would ride this stretch to a 40-27 lead at halftime. 

Midway through the second half, the Pack went on an 11-2 run that buried Black Hills State. After this flurry, the Pack led 63-42.  They would lead by as many as 25 as they rolled to the blowout victory.

CSU-Pueblo capitalized on 19 Yellow Jacket turnovers. This was the second time, the Pack beat Black Hills State in eight days.

With their road trip to the Mount Rushmore State in the books, the Pack will return home Friday to face Metro State University Denver Friday in a game with major RMAC implications.  Tipoff between the ThunderWolves and Roadrunners is slated for 7:30 p.m. 

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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.