PUEBLO, Colo. (January 21, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team lost its first home game of the season Saturday, as Colorado School of Mines posted an 80-58 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory at Massari Arena.
The ThunderWolves (12-6, 10-3 RMAC) had won eight straight (seven this season) on the home floor, dating back to a loss to Colorado Mines (16-3, 11-2 RMAC) late last February.
The Pack are in third place in the RMAC standings, as CSM and Fort Lewis College each have two league losses.
The Orediggers jumped on the Pack early and never looked back in the comfortable win. After starting in a 24-9 hole during the first nine minutes of play, the closest the home team would get was seven, late in the first half. The halftime deficit was nine, but the ThunderWolves lost the first five minutes of the second 10-4 and were down 15 at 49-34. The Pack wouldn't get closer than 13 the rest of the way.
Colorado Mines dominated the paint and scored 50 points in the area (62.5% of their points). CSU-Pueblo by far had their worst shooting effort of the season and hit on just 38.7 percent of their shots. The Pack also allowed CSM to post a 55.8 percent effort from the field. The ThunderWolves entered the game shooting 51.3 percent from the field to rank 10th nationally. Mines came in as the best team in the RMAC in field goal percentage defense.
The Orediggers hit on 20-of-25 (80%) attempts from the free throw line, while the home team failed to get to the charity stripe in the first half and attempted just nine free throws. The ThunderWolves also tied a season-low with nine assists after entering the game averaging 16.1 per contest.
Junior guard Mark Williams (Chino Hills, Calif.) was the only member of the Pack to score in double figures, as he had 13. He also added a team-high six rebounds.
The ThunderWolves will look to rebound from the loss Jan. 27-28 at Chadron State College and Regis University, respectfully.
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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