Slow start dooms Pack in 92-84 loss to Adams State

Slow start dooms Pack in 92-84 loss to Adams State

PUEBLO, Colo. (December 2, 2017) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team fell 92-84 to Adams State University Saturday in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference contest at Massari Arena.

The ThunderWolves (3-5, 0-2 RMAC) suffered their second loss of the weekend, as a slow start put the home team behind for the entire game. The Pack shot just 41.9 percent from the field in the first half and 44.3 percent in the game.  On the flip side, ASU shot 64 percent in the second half and 55 percent in the game.

CSU-Pueblo trailed 18-8 seven minutes into the contest, but battled back to within one at 22-21 with 7:23 showing on the clock. Trailing by three at 28-25 with 4:12 on the first half clock, Adams State posted a 16-7 run to wrap the opening 20 minutes and lead by 12, 44-32. 

Trailing by 21 with 13:37 remaining in the second half, CSU-Pueblo got within eight at 79-71 with just under three minutes to play, but energy expend to comeback from the deficit proved to be too much. The Pack were never able to get it below eight and fell by the same margin. 

The Grizzlies won the paint 44-30 and the rebounding battle 38-31. The Pack only attempted two free throws in the first half and nine in the game (9-of-9). The Grizzlies were 18-of-25 (72%) from the charity stripe.

Sophomore Donovan Oldham (G, Colorado Springs, Colo.) totaled 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists with a team-best four 3-pointers.

Senior Will Newman (G, Hawthorne, Calif.) matched the 22 points with most of the them coming late. He added five rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Senior Mika Nuilivirta (Vantaa, Uusimaa, Finland) added 13 points, six rebounds and two blocks. 

The ThunderWolves will close a four-game homestand Tuesday when they host New Mexico Highlands University at 7:30 p.m. at Massari Arena.

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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.