PUEBLO, Colo. (February 28, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team suffered a 54-52 loss to Colorado Christian University in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout Quarterfinals, Tuesday at Massari Arena.
The loss dropped the ThunderWolves to 19-9 overall and knocked them out of the RMAC postseason tournament. CSU-Pueblo will learn their NCAA Tournament fate Sunday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m. when the NCAA streams its selection show on NCAA.com.
The Pack defense showed up and held CCU (15-14) to 54 points (27.9 ppg below average), 37.5 percent from the floor (11.3% below average) and 20 percent from long range (20.3% below average). CSU-Pueblo won the rebounding battle 43-36, which included 14 on the offensive glass.
On the other end of the floor, the ThuderWolves scored 33.4 points below average, shot 18.1 percent below average from the field and was 12.2 percent below average from long range.
Junior Will Newman (G, Hawthorne, Calif.) totaled 21 points and hit five 3-pointers. He added four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Senior Nelson Kahler (C, Noosa Heads, Australia) added 13 points on 5-of-6 (83.3%) shooting from the field. He brought down seven rebounds and totaled three blocks to move to 92 on the season.
The lead changed 11 times and the score was tied on seven more occasions in the back-and-forth contest.
The Pack held their largest lead of the game since the opening four minutes at 47-41 with 6:01 showing on the second half game clock. Unfortunately, an 11-0 run by CCU brought the score to 52-47 with just 30 ticks left.
The ThunderWolves were able to hit some desperation shots and with six seconds left had a chance to tie, but the home team wasn't able to get a clean shot off in the upset loss.
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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.