PUEBLO, Colo. (February 18, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team hit seven 3-pointers in the first five minutes off the second half to turn a two-point deficit into a 16-point lead. The run guided the ThunderWolves to a 87-79 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory against Colorado Christian University on Senior Night at Massari Arena.
Before the game, the Pack recognized five senior members of the team, which included Nelson Kahler (C, Noosa Heads, Australia) and Rico Spikes (G, Merriville, Ind.). Kahler finished with 17 points on a perfect 8-for-8 effort from the field and added a career-high 14 rebounds. Spikes recorded his second straight home game with 10 assists, as he posted 12 points, 10 helpers, five rebounds and two steals. He was 5-for-7 (71.4%) from the field. It was Spikes' fifth double-double of the season and Nelson's third.
Sophomore guard Gavin Liggett (Limon, Colo.) knocked down four of his five 3-pointers in the first 2:39 of the second half to spark the seven Pack daggers from downtown in the early goings of the second half. He finished with 15 points.
Junior forward Mark Williams (Chino Hills, Calif.) kept the ThunderWolves in the game in the first half with 17 of his 21 points. He finished 9-for-15 (60%) from the field and added six rebounds (four on the offensive glass) with three assists.
The Pack finished with 11 3-pointers, as the home team went 8-for-16 (50%) from long range in the second half. Overall the ThunderWolves shot 49.3 percent and dished out 22 assists, the fourth game with 20 or more dimes.
Nine of CSU-Pueblo's 36 rebounds came on the offensive glass, which turned into 13 second chance points.
Despite being down 39-37 at the half, the Pack led for 36:36 of game time in the win. After hitting the seven 3-pointers and leading by 16, 60-44 with 14:56 remaining, CCU (13-13, 10-10 RMAC) was able to get within nine at 60-51 with a 7-0 run. CSU-Pueblo responded with an 8-0 streak of their own to open the 68-51 lead at the midway point of the frame. The home team never let the advantage dip below 12 until the final 11 seconds of the eight-point victory.
With the win, the ThunderWolves improved to 18-7 overall and 16-4 in RMAC play. The ThunderWolves are alone in third place in the RMAC standings, one game behind Colorado School of Mines and Fort Lewis College (both 17-3). The Pack finish the regular season at Western State Colorado University (5-19, 4-16 RMAC) Friday and Colorado Mesa University (7-19, 6-14 RMAC) Saturday.
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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