GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (February 25, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team fell short in a bid for its fifth straight win and 20th victory of the season Saturday, as Colorado Mesa University defeated the ThunderWolves 96-85 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference contest that capped the regular season schedule.
The ThunderWolves (19-8) finished the RMAC season with a 17-5 record and will serve as the No. 3 seed in the RMAC Shootout Quarterfinals. The Pack will host No. 6 seed Colorado Christian University Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
In the loss to the Mavericks (8-20, 7-15 RMAC), the Pack turned the ball over 16 times, which led to 24 points off turnovers. CMU shot 51.8 percent from the field (eight percent higher than average, while CSU-Pueblo shot 47.8 percent (three percent below average).
Senior Rico Spikes (G, Merriville, Ind.) recorded a career-high 27 points on 75 percent shooting (12-for-16) from the field and added 13 rebounds. The double-double was his third straight, fourth in the last five games and seventh this season. He also added four assists.
Junior guard Will Newman (Hawthorne, Calif.) added 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Both Spikes and Newman knocked down three, 3-pointers to total six of the Pack's 10 on the night.
Senior center Nelson Kahler (Noosa Heads, Australia) posted 13 points on a perfect 4-for-4 effort from the field. He gathered five rebounds, dished out four assists and blocked three shots. Kahler finished the regular season with 89 blocks.
Junior Mark Williams (F, Chino Hills, Calif.) was the only other Pack player in double-figures with 12.
The ThunderWolves led 9-5 three minutes into the game, but a 13-2 run during the next four minutes of clock time handed CMU an 18-11 lead it wouldn't relinquish the rest of the game.
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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