PUEBLO, Colo. (November 27, 2017) - Sophomore Donovan Oldham (G, Colorado Springs, Colo.) lifted the Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team to a 90-79 home victory against Johnson & Wales University Monday at Massari Arena.
In the absence of senior Josh Smith (G, Colorado Springs, Colo.), who missed the game due to illness, Oldham and seniors Will Newman (G, Hawthorne, Calif.) and Mika Nuolivirta (Vantaa, Uusimaa, Finland) took over the bulk of the scoring.
In addition to a career-high 27 points, Oldham gathered a career-best 17 rebounds for the first double-double of his young career. He shot 7-for-11 (63.6%) from the field, knocked down 2-of-3 (66.6%) from long range and was 9-of-10 (90%) from the line.
Nuolivirta just missed a double-double with 17 points and eight rebounds. He also recorded four blocked shots. Newman totaled 20 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
Freshman Corey Seng (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half and gathered six rebounds.
The Pack shot 45.9 percent and allowed JWU to hit on just 37.5 percent from field in the second half and 39.0 percent in the game. CSU-Pueblo couldn't find its rhythm from long range, but knocked down 26-of-29 (89.7%) from the free throw line to ensure the victory. The Pack attempted 21 of those shots form the charity stripe in the second half.
CSU-Pueblo won the rebounding battle 47-43, despite allowing 18 offensive boards. The ThunderWolves totaled seven blocks.
An Oldham 3-pointer capped an eight point run for the Pack and the home team led 19-11 with 11:25 left in the opening half. The lead would be largest of first frame for the ThunderWolves, as the Wildcats battled back to an even score at 25-25 with 7:41 remaining.
The teams traded buckets to the halftime buzzer, as CSU-Pueblo led at the break 41-39. The Pack shot 53.6 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes, but hit on only 30.8 percent from long range.
The Pack won the first four minutes of the second half and were up 48-42 with 16:09 left thanks to a Newman jump shot. A three-minute scoring drought allowed JWU to post a 9-0 run and take its first lead of the half with 13:42 showing on the game clock.
Down 59-58 with 9:41 left, Oldham took over for the ThunderWolves and scored seven straight for the home team to give the Pack a 65-59 lead with 8:07 remaining in regulation.
The run jump started the Pack for the rest of the half, as CSU-Pueblo closed the nonconference season with the 11-point victory.
Next up for the ThunderWolves is the opener of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play Dec. 1-2. The Pack welcome Fort Lewis College Friday and Adams State University Saturday, as both games at Massari Arena are set for 7:30 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.