PUEBLO, Colo. (November 11, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo guard BJ Hardy (Colorado Springs, Colo.) hit eight 3-pointers and scored 28 points in just his second collegiate game, but it wasn't enough, as University of Arkansas-Fort Smith defeated the ThunderWolves 86-83 Saturday at Massari Arena.
The Pack (1-1) led 44-43 at the break, but the Lions shot 59.3 percent and hit five 3-pointers in the second half to push a lead as high 13 before Hardy led a comeback.
He scored 20 points in the second half, 14 in the final 5:46, which included a rare four-point play. CSU-Pueblo was down two, 85-83 with 14 seconds left and UAFS hit one of two free throws, giving Hardy one more shot, but it didn't go and the Pack fell by three.
The eight 3-pointers is two shy of the program record.
The Pack shot 37.5 percent from the floor and from 3-point land, hitting on 20 daggers from downtown. The Lions finished shooting 50.8 percent, getting half their points in the paint (46). The road team also dominated the boards with 51 (13 offensive to score 19 second chance points), while the Pack totaled just 28.
Also in double figures scoring for the Pack was sophomore Donovan Oldham (Colorado Springs, Colo.) with 17. He added a team-high six rebounds with four assists and three blocks. Senior Will Newman (Hawthorne, Calif.) totaled 16 points, five rebounds and four assists with three blocks and two steals.
2017 Conference Challenge All-Tournament Team
Next up will be the 34th Annual Al Kaly Shrine Classic at Massari Arena Nov. 17-18. CSU-Pueblo will play at 7 p.m. both nights with Texas A&M Kingsville Friday and West Texas A&M Saturday.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.