PUEBLO, Colo. (February 4, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team fell to No. 14 Fort Lewis College 84-75 Saturday in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference contest.
Fort Lewis entered the weekend ranking third nationally (52.7%) in field goal percentage and didn't shy away from their hot hand, as they hit on 61.2 percent from the field. The ThunderWolves were 13th nationally (50.7%) in the category, but shot 46.2 percent.
The Pack (15-7, 13-4 RMAC) were just one game back from the Skyhawks (20-3, 15-2 RMAC) in the RMAC standings, but couldn't find a way to equalize with FLC. CSU-Pueblo is in a tie for third in the conference standings with five games to play.
Five players scored in the double figures, guided by 16 from senior center Nelson Kahler (Noosa Heads, Australia). He shot 7-for-9 (77.8%) from the field and added four rebounds with three blocks. Both guards Rico Spikes (Sr., Merriville, Ind.) and Will Newman (Jr., Hawthorne, Calif.) totaled 12 points and three assists. Junior Mark Williams (Chino Hills, Calif.) totaled 11 points and seven rebounds. Junior guard Josh Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo.) added 10 points and three rebounds with three steals.
The Pack jumped out to a 15-6 lead, but the road team came back and the teams were tied 17-17 with 10 minutes remaining in the half. The teams traded buckets to two minutes left and were knotted at 36-36. The ThunderWolves trailed 40-38 at the break.
The Skyhawks went on an 11-3 run to start the second half to lead 51-42 just four minutes in. CSU-Pueblo battled back to within one at 53-52 just a few minutes later.
The narrow margin didn't last long, as FLC led by 11, 67-56 with 8:28 left. The Skyhawks pushed the advantage to 15 and the Pack couldn't get the deficit within five in the nine point loss.
The ThunderWolves wrap a three-game homestand Tuesday when it hosts New Mexico Highlands University at 7:30 p.m.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.