SALT LAKE CITY (February 10, 2017) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team dominated the final 20 minutes of a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference road game at Westminster College Friday to post an 85-69 victory.
The win placed the Pack alone in third place in the RMAC standings and are now mathematically locked in for a RMAC Shootout First Round home playoff game, set for Feb. 28 at Massari Arena.
The ThunderWolves (17-7, 15-4 RMAC) knocked down 11 3-pointers, six in the second half, to run away with the win and snap the Griffins' (13-7, 13-5 RMAC) eight-game winning streak. WC shot just 35 percent in the second half after a 57.9 percentage in the first.
Both sophomore Gavin Liggett (G, Limon, Colo.) and junior Josh Smith (G, Colorado Springs, Colo.) each hit four 3-pointers to guide the Pack. Smith finished with 16 points and four rebounds with three steals, while Liggett was 4-for-4 from long range and totaled 14 points.
Senior Rico Spikes (G, Merriville, Ind.) recorded 15 points, six rebounds and a team-high four assists. Junior guard Will Newman (Hawthorne, Calif.) posted 13 points on an 8-for-9 (88.9%) effort from the free throw line with five rebounds. Senior center Nelson Kahler (Noosa Heads, Australia) recorded eight points, a team-high seven rebounds and three blocks.
Despite getting outshot by 16 percent, the Pack forced 12 turnovers in the first half and led by the score of 39-34.
CSU-Pueblo started the second half on a 19-6 run that brought the frame all the wat to the 14 minute mark. After all five starters contributed to the run, the Pack led 58-40. The ThunderWolves continued to push the lead, as it hit 20 just minutes later, 63-43.
The advantage never dipped below 15 in the 16-point victory.
The ThunderWolves host Colorado Christian University Saturday, Feb. 18 in the regular season home finale. The team will recognized its seniors before the 7:30 p.m. tip versus the Cougars.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.