PUEBLO, Colo. (February 3, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team recorded its third straight victory Friday, as the ThunderWolves rolled past Adams State University, 83-59 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference home game at Massari Arena.
The Pack improved to 13-3 in RMAC play and host No. 14 Fort Lewis College Saturday. FLC owns an RMAC-best 14-2 record after Colorado School of Mines (13-3 RMAC) fell Friday night. A CSU-Pueblo victory would create a tie for first place with just five regular season games remaining.
Saturday marks the annual Take A Kid to the Game Night, which features Denver Nuggets Super Mascot Rocky. The game will also air live on Comcast CET (channel 105/900 HD). Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
The ThunderWolves (15-6 overall) shot 52.6 percent from the field, while holding the Grizzlies (10-12, 7-9 RMAC) to 36.7 percent shooting. The Pack are now 10-4 this season when knocking down at least half their shots. CSU-Pueblo totaled 15 assists, 10 steals and seven blocks in the win.
Senior Rico Spikes (G, Merriville, Ind.) guided the ThunderWolves to a comfortable 41-27 lead at the half with all of his 14 points in the first 20 minutes. He went 5-for-6 (83.3%) from the field in the game and hit of 4-of-5 (80%) from the line. He added four rebounds and three assists.
Junior Mark Williams (F, Chino Hills, Calif.) ensured the victory with 11 of his game-high 17 points in the second half. He finished 5-of-8 (62.5%) from the field and added a 7-for-9 (77.8%) performance from the charity stripe. The junior also brought down a game-high eight rebounds, four of which came on the offensive glass.
Senior Braydon Kuiper (F, Wasilla, Alaska) knocked down three of the team's seven 3-pointers, as he totaled 11 points in 13 minutes off the bench. Five more players scored six or more points to contribute to the team's 18th game with 80 or more points.
Adams State took the first lead of the contest at 2-0, but the home team scored the next six and never trailed the rest of the way. The Pack lead hit 10 at 27-17 with 5:31 remaining in the first half, but dipped to four (28-24) with 3:34 showing on the clock. CSU-Pueblo won those final three and a half minutes by the score of 13-3 to open a 14-point advantage at the break.
CSU-Pueblo closed the door early in the second half and led by 20, 51-31, just 3:15 in the second. The Pack led by as many as 26 on multiple occasions before settling on the 24 point win.
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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