Second half push guides Pack to big road win at CCU, 98-94

Second half push guides Pack to big road win at CCU, 98-94

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (January 17, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team produced a big road win at Colorado Christian University Tuesday, 98-94. With the victory, the ThunderWolves improved to 10-2 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play to sit in a three-way tie for first in the league standings.

Just three days after tying the program record for blocks, senior center Nelson Kahler (Noosa Heads, Austraila) established a new school record with 10 against CCU. He entered the game tied for fourth nationally with 50 blocks. The reigning RMAC Defensive Player of the Week added 12 points for his second double-double of the season.

Senior Rico Spikes (G, Merriville, Ind.) took over in the second half and finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, all team highs for the Pack. He has three double-doubles this season. He totaled 23 points in the second half.

Junior Josh Smith (G, Colorado Springs, Colo.) knocked down six of the team's 12 3-pointers and finished with 20 points. Off the bench, redshirt-freshman Donovan Oldham (G, Colorado Springs, Colo.) totaled 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting. He hit three, 3-pointers

The ThunderWolves shot 57.1 percent from the field for their third straight game with 54 percent or better. The Pack almost shot better from the floor than they did from the line with a 59.1 percentage (22-for-38). CSU-Pueblo was 12-for-26 (46.2%) from long range.

With 11:18 remaining in the second half and the Pack trailing 67-62, the road team recorded a 17-4 run to open a 79-71 lead with 7:02 remaining in regulation. The ThunderWolves lead rose as high as 10 at 90-80 with 3:18 remaining. CCU (11-7, 8-4 RMAC) knocked down a couple desperation 3-pointers to close the gap, but it would be the Pack that prevailed in the four-point win.

Next the Pack will play for first-place, as they host Colorado School of Mines (15-3, 10-2 RMAC) Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Massari Arena. The evening serves as Military Appreciation Game, which grants free access to active and retired miliary (with ID) and their immediate families for free. Call (719) 549-2050 for ticket information.

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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.