Pack open road slate Tuesday at UCCS

Pack open road slate Tuesday at UCCS

PUEBLO, Colo. (November 20, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team will open the road portion of its 2017-18 schedule Tuesday in a nonconference meeting with Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foe University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT

The ThunderWolves (1-3) are coming off an 0-2 weekend at Massari Arena in the 34th Annual Al Kaly Shrine Classic. CSU-Pueblo lost 82-64 to Texas A&M-Kingsville Friday before suffering a 91-80 setback to No. 21 West Texas A&M Saturday.

The Pack shot just 44.6 percent from the field and hit six 3-pointers against the Javelinas after averaging 15 a game in the first two contests. The road team knocked down 16 daggers from downtown and posted a 61.5 percent from long range.

Freshman Corey Seng came off the bench and dropped a season-high 18 points on 8-of-12 (66.7%) shooting from the field and added four rebounds, three assists and a block. He was one of three players to record two 3-pointers. 

The ThunderWolves never led against Texas A&M-Kingsville, but rebounded in the first half of the game against WT. CSU-Pueblo led by six at the break, 43-37. In the game, CSU-Pueblo outshot the Buffs 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. In the second half alone, West Texas A&M used nine Pack turnovers to score 16 points, which proved to be the difference. 

SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN LIONS

The Mountain Lions are 2-2 to start the season with wins against Tarleton State (103-100 in OT) and Johnson and Wales (95-68) and have lost to Angelo State (86-74) and Nebraska-Kearney (94-81). UCCS is 1-1 at home this season. The Mountain Lions have a +8.8 rebounding margin (2nd in the RMAC) and are scoring 88.3 points pe game (3rd in the RMAC), but are losing the turnover margin at -2.3 (11th in the RMAC). Four players are averaging in double figures, guided by the 14 points per game from both Dalton Walker and Justin Smith. Elijah Ross is averaging 12.8 points, 7.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game. 

LAST TIME VERSUS UCCS

CSU-Pueblo won both meetings with the Mountain Lions last season. The Pack won 83-61 in a nonconferene home bout, then grabbed 104-74 victory in league play. In the second game last year, Will Newman totaled 16 points, six assists and five rebounds. Donovan Oldham came off the bench to contribute 15 points and six rebounds.

LONG RANGE

The ThunderWolves rank 2nd in the RMAC and 15th nationally in 3-pointers per game with 11.3 per contest. The 46 daggers from downtown rank 2nd in the conference and 19th in Division II. The team's 40.4 percent is the 3rd best in the RMAC. 

Redshirt-freshman BJ Hardy sits 7th nationally (1st in RMAC) in 3-point percentage (62.5%), while his 3.3 3-pointers per game is 2nd in the league. Senior Josh Smith has hit 12 3-pointers to rank 4th in the RMAC.

BLOCK PARTY

With 5.0 blocks per game, the Pack sit 3rd in the RMAC and 24th nationally, while the 20 total blocks is 2nd in the league and 20th in Division II. Sophomore Donovan Oldham has seven blocks to rank 4th in the conference.

I'LL TAKE THAT

Senior Will Newman has a team-best eight steals to rank 4th in the RMAC. His 2.0 steals per game is 2nd in the conference. 

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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.