Late push not enough for Pack

Late push not enough for Pack

Best second half of the season can't lift ThunderWolves past Highlands.

LAS VEGAS, N.M. ( - Dec. 18, 2010) - Facing the conference's top scoring offense in New Mexico Highlands Saturday, CSU-Pueblo did its best to keep up offensively with the Cowboys' juggernaut lineup, but couldn't keep up, losing 99-87.

CSU-Pueblo turned in 52 second-half points, its most in a half since hanging 57 on Adams State late last season, but it was a lackluster first half that gave the Pack too big of a whole to climb from.

The ThunderWolves went into halftime trailing 51-35, needing a big second half output and getting it from such players as Daniel Pierce (Sr., Edgewood, N.M.), who went for 21 points and 10 rebounds in the game for his third double-double of the season, and Andre Martin (Jr., San Diego, Calif.), who had a career-high 13 points for the Pack.

CSU-Pueblo would threaten, getting as close as nine at the 4:30 mark and showing plenty of signs of life.  But Highlands kept pushing closer to the 99-point barrier, and CSU-Pueblo could do no more than match the Cowboys bucket-for-bucket down the stretch.

CSU-Pueblo now goes into the winter break in a bleak situation, holding a 4-6 record and a dreary 1-5 mark in conference play, languishing near the bottom of the RMAC.  Needing a hot January to get back on track, CSU-Pueblo will travel to UC-Colorado Springs Jan. 3