Pack fall in final seconds at MSU Denver, 63-60

Pack fall in final seconds at MSU Denver, 63-60

DENVER (January 12, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team suffered a 63-60 loss in the final 10 seconds of a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference contest Friday at Metro State University of Denver.

The ThunderWolves (6-10, 3-7 RMAC) took a 60-58 lead with 1:06 remaining in regulation when senior Will Newman (G, Hawthorne, Calif.) converted on a layup. The Roadrunners (8-8, 7-3 RMAC) responded with a lay in of their own and the game was tied 60-60 with 41 ticks remaining. The Pack turned the ball over on their next possession, which set up an opportunity for the home team with 19 seconds showing on the clock. MSU Denver scored with eight seconds remaining and another CSU-Pueblo turnover didn't allow it to get the equalizer. A free throw with two seconds left was the final point of the game, as the ThunderWolves lost by three. 

Newman finished the game with 17 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season, the second with rebounds. The two centers were the other members of the Pack to score in double figures. Jason Anderson (R-So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) totaled 11 points in 22 minutes with four rebounds, while Mika Nuolivirta (Vantaa, Uusimaa, Finland) recorded 10 points on 5-of-8 (62.5%) shooting with two blocks. 

The ThunderWolves shot 45.1 percent from the field to the Roadrunners' 34.8 percent, but hit on just 6-of-20 (30%) attempts from long range. Fortunatley, MSU Denver was 6-for-21 (28.6%) from beyond arc. The Pack lost the rebounding battle 45-32, which included 21 offensive rebounds by MSU Denver that translated into 16 second chance points. 

Neither team had a lead larger than six the entire games, as the contest was tied on 10 occasions with eight lead changes. CSU-Pueblo's lead was six (the largest of the game for either team) with 12:07 remaining in the first half. The Roadrunners then posted a run that handed them their largest lead of the game (three) at 30-27 with 1:35 remaining in the half. The home team would take that same score into the locker room.

It was a back-and-forth battle in the second frame. The Pack moved the score to 58-55 on an Anderson layup with 3:30 remaining in the game, but would only muster two more points the rest of the way - Newman's layup with a minute left. CSU-Pueblo was 0-for-3 with two turnovers in its final possessions to allow the Roadrunners to sneak past the Pack in the three-point victory.

The ThunderWolves will regroup and get set for a Saturday meeting at University of Colorado Colorado Springs (6-10, 3-7 RMAC) beginning at 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.