PUEBLO, Colo. (November 18, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team suffered an 82-64 home loss to Texas A&M-Kingsville Friday at Massari Arena to open the 34th Annual Al Kaly Shrine Classic, presented by Quality Inn and Suites.
CSU-Pueblo (1-2) never led in the loss to the Javelinas (4-0), as the Pack shot just 44.6 percent from the field. The Pack only hit six 3-pointers after averaging 15 a game in the first two contests. The ThunderWolves were 24 percent from long range, while the road team knocked down 16 daggers from downtown and posted a 61.5 percent from long range. Texas A&M-Kingsville shot 53.7 percent overall.
Freshman Corey Seng (G/F, Highlands Ranch, Colo.) came off the bench and dropped a season-high 18 points on 8-of-12 (66.7%) shooting from the field and added four rebounds, three assists and a block. He was one of three players to record two 3-pointers.
Senior Josh Smith (Coloraodo Springs, Colo.) was another to hit two from long range, as he was next in scoring with 13. He also brought down five rebounds and had two steals. Senior Will Newman (G, Hawthorne, Calif.) totaled 11 points with five assists, four steals and three rebounds. Senior Mika Nuolivirta (C, Vantaa, Uusimaa, Finland) contributed 11 points with three boards.
The Pack forced 15 turnovers, which resulted in 21 points, while TAMK produced just seven points in the category. CSU-Pueblo also won the paint, 36-20.
Both teams started slow, but the ThunderWolves' first bucket didn't come until five minutes into the contest, as a 3-pointer from Gavin Liggett (Jr., Limon, Colo.) put the home team down 9-3. CSU-Pueblo owned just nine points at the midway point of the first half and trailed 22-9. With 3:23 remaining in the first half the ThunderWolves were down 41-20 before facing a 16-point deficit at the half, 46-30.
The Pack were able to claw back to an 11-point deficit with 5:36 remaining in regulation on a Seng 3-pointer to moved the score to 67-56, but that would be as close as they would get in the 18-point setback.
The ThunderWolves will host No. 21 West Texas A&M today at 7 p.m.
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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.