GUNNISON, Colo. (February 24, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team secured its 17th Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory Friday in an 89-75 road win at Western State Colorado University. With the win, the ThuderWolves established a new program record for conference wins in a season.
Senior Nelson Kahler (C, Noosa Heads, Australia) totaled eight blocks to move his season total to 86, a new program record that was previously set in 1982-83 (80, Mark Jung).
The ThunderWolves are 19-7 with a 17-4 RMAC record. With one game left, the Pack still have a shot at the RMAC Regular Season Championship. A win Saturday in the regular season finale at Colorado Mesa University (7:30 p.m.) and a Colorado School of Mines home loss to Metro State University of Denver would create a three-way tie between the Pack, CSM and Fort Lewis College.
The eight blocks by Kahler represented the seventh time this season the senior has totaled five or more blocks in a game. He was also the team's leading scorer with 25 points on 9-of-12 (75%) shooting from the field and a 7-for-9 (87.5%) performance from the free throw line. He also brought down six rebounds in a season-high 34 minutes on the floor.
Sophomore Gavin Liggett (Limon, Colo.) has hit five 3-pointers in back-to-back games and totaled 14 during the last three contests. He went 5-for-8 (62.5%) from long range Friday and totaled 19 points.
Three players totaled 14 points for the Pack. Senior Rico Spikes (Merriville, Ind.) recorded his third double-double in the last four games and sixth this season with 14 points and 12 rebounds. He also added five assists and three steals.
Both Will Newman (Jr., G, Hawthorne, Calif.) and Mark Williams (Jr., F, Chino Hills, Calif.) shot 50 percent from the field to score 14 points. Newman totaled five assists and three boards, while Williams added eight rebounds and three assists.
The Pack shot an even 50 percent from the field and held Western State (5-20, 4-17 RMAC) to 36.2 percent. CSU-Pueblo edged the rebounding category 40-39.
CSU-Pueblo never trailed in the game and led by as many as 19 at 78-59 with 7:19 remaining in the second half.
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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