PUEBLO, Colo. (November 18, 2016) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team opened the home season with an 83-61 victory against University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Saturday at Massari Arena. A balanced scoring attack and staunch defense guided the ThunderWolevs to the nonconference victory.
Five student-athletes scored in double figures, guided by three players who contributed 16 points. Senior center Nelson Kahler (Noosa Heads, Australia) scored 16 points in 20 minutes on 8-of-9 (88.9%) shooting and added six rebounds and three blocks. Senior forward Stevan Radakovic (Belgrade, Serbia) totaled 16 points off the bench and knocked down 3-of-4 (75%) from long range. He is shooting 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from beyond the arc this season after a 13.2 percent (5-of-38) performance a year ago. Junior Josh Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo.) knocked down four from long range and totaled 16 points with four rebounds and three assists.
The ThunderWolves (2-1) shot 50.7 percent from the field and held the Mountain Lions (0-3) to 37.5 percent. The Pack created 12 turnovers, while allowing just three. CSU-Pueblo dominated the paint with a 48-28 advantage and scored 32 bench points, which included 14 from junior Mark Williams (Chino Hills, Calif.).
The ThunderWolves led for 36:16 of the game, while UCCS was ahead for just 40 seconds. After trading buckets early, the Pack got out to a 17-10 lead with 11:31 remaining in the first when Radakovic knocked down his first 3-pointer of the evening. The lead never dipped below five for the rest of the half and CSU-Pueblo took a 43-27 lead into the locker room.
The home team never let the advantage dip below double figures in the second frame and a Radakovic layup with 12:42 remaining gave the Pack their largest lead of the game, 62-40. CSU-Pueblo would finish with a matching 22-point difference in the 83-61 win.
CSU-Pueblo heads out on the road for the next five games, which includes next weekend's trip to Texas. The Pack will play Texas A&M Commerce Nov. 25, then at nationally-ranked Tarleton State Nov. 26.
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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