Pack falls to hot-shooting CCU

Colorado Christian 78, CSU-Pueblo 72

PUEBLO - Colorado Christian shot nearly 54 percent from the field, including 67 percent from three-point range, to stymie the ThunderWolves and take a 78-72 win from the homestanding Pack Friday.

Though the ThunderWolves were carried by a career game by Marc Williams (Jr., Seattle, Wash.), scoring 24 points, and fourth 20-point performance in five games by Rome Smith (Sr., Denver, Colo.), the rest of the squad was largely flat, not able to live up to the shooting clinic put on by the Cougars.

The Cougars were led by Peter Bailey, who was lights out from three, going 4-for-4 from beyond the arc and sinking a team high 18, and a near-double-double by Justin Neuhaus, who scored nine points and took down 10 boards.

The ThunderWolves had a slim to chance to overtake the lead late, turning an 11-point disadvantage with 6:32 left into a five-point game after consecutive threes by Smith and Roman Van Allen (Jr., Los Angeles, Calif.).  The Pack kept up at the margin, repeatedly keeping it interesting by going 4-for-6 from three down the stretch.

But a foul out by Smith, combined with an 8-for-9 performance at the line by Colorado Christian inside of five minutes, kept the Pack from getting any closer than four points away from the Cougars.

The ThunderWolves, falling to 5-7 and 2-2 in RMAC play, will look to rebound Saturday when it hosts Colorado School of Mines at Massari Arena.

Notes: Rome Smith's fourth 20-point performance in five games marks the first time since 2004 that a ThunderWolf has achieved the feat when Matt Brooks netted 20 or more in a five game span ... Van Allen registered four steals, better than his season average of 3.6, which was 6th best in the nation and 1st in the RMAC coming into Friday's game.