No. 21 WT uses second half push to defeat CSU-Pueblo 91-80

No. 21 WT uses second half push to defeat CSU-Pueblo 91-80

PUEBLO, Colo. (November 18, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team suffered a 91-80 setback at the hands of No. 21 West Texas A&M University Saturday at Massari Arena to close the 34th Annual Al Kaly Shrine Classic, presented by Quality Inn and Suites.

The ThunderWolves (1-3) opened the first 20 minutes with a six point lead at 43-37, but the second half didn't go the same, as WT (4-0) won the second frame by 17 points. The Buffs shot 50 percent from the field in the second half and used nine Pack turnovers to score 16 points, which proved to be the difference. 

CSU-Pueblo outshot WT 45.6 percent to 44.9 percent and gathered more rebounds 32-25, but the 15-6 deficit in the turnover category helped to guide the road team. The Pack hit 10 3-pointers in the game, but West Texas A&M totaled 12.

Senior Josh Smith (G, Colorado Springs, Colo.) dropped 21 points and hit four 3-pointers to lead the team in scoring. He was 8-for-12 (66.7%) from the field and added five rebounds. Senior Will Newman (Hawthorne, Calif.) recorded his first double-double of the season with 16 points and a career-high 10 rebounds (previous mark was eight). He flirted with a triple-double, as the point guard also dished out eight assists. He was 7-for-8 (87.5%) from the free throw line. 

All five starters were in double figures for scoring, as senior center Mika Nuolivirta (Vantaa, Uusimaa, Finland) totaled 15 points and five rebounds. Sophomore Donovan Oldham (G, Colorado Springs, Colo.) recorded 12 points and seven rebounds, while freshman Corey Seng (G/F, Highlands Ranch, Colo.) added 10 points and eight rebounds. 

Next up for the Pack is a nonconference showdown with Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foe University of Colorado Colorado Springs Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

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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.