PUEBLO, Colo. (December 4, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team (3-5, 0-2 RMAC) will be looking for its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win Dec. 5, as the ThunderWolves welcome New Mexico Highlands University (5-3, 0-2 RMAC) to Massari Arena for a 7:30 p.m. contest.
Last Time Out
The ThunderWolves started the RMAC season 0-2 with home losses to No. 19 Fort Lewis (85-69) and Adams State (92-84). The Pack only led for 7:46 of game clock in the loss to FLC and didn't lead at all against ASU. CSU-Pueblo shot 42.5 percent from the field and were 33.9 percent from long range after posting a 47.2 percentage from the field and 41.4 percentage from downtown in the first six games.
The ThunderWolves trailed by 16 to the 19th-ranked Skyhawks early in the second half, but battled back to within one with under five minutes to play. After a dagger from downtown from FLC, two free throws from Williams moved the deficit to two at 71-69 with 3:22 left. The freebies would be the last time the Pack would score, as FLC got buckets and the defensive stops it needed to finish with the 16-point win.
The ThunderWolves shot just 18.2 percent from long range in the second half and all 10 of their turnovers came in the final 20 minutes to aide the visiting Skyhawks. CSU-Pueblo held the Skyhawks to 41.9 percent shooting from the field in the second half after allowing the road team to shoot 51.4 percent in the first.
Mark Williams led the Pack in scoring in his first game of the season. He posted 20 points in 25 minutes off the bench, shot 9-for-11 (81.8%) from the field and pulled down two rebounds. Senior Josh Smith was the second leading scorer after missing Monday's game and most of practice this week due to illness. He posted 16 points with four 3-pointers and brought down three rebounds with two steals.
The Pack fell 92-84 to Adams State, as a slow start put the home team behind for the entire game. The Pack shot just 41.9 percent from the field in the first half and 44.3 percent in the game. On the flip side, ASU shot 64 percent in the second half and 55 percent in the game.
The Grizzlies won the paint 44-30 and the rebounding battle 38-31. The Pack only attempted two free throws in the first half and nine in the game (9-of-9). The Grizzlies were 18-of-25 (72%) from the charity stripe.
Sophomore Donovan Oldham totaled 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists with a team-best four 3-pointers.
Senior Will Newman matched the 22 points with most of the them coming late. He added five rebounds, five assists and four steals.
The Cowboys went 5-1 in nonconference play before suffering an RMAC weekend sweep at home at the hands of Adams State (85-82) and Fort Lewis (91-79). NMHU is averaging 82 points per game and allowing 75.8 points per contest (+6.3). The Cowboys have a +1.25 turnover margin, which ranks third in the RMAC. Four players are scoring in double figures, guided by 14.5 points per game from Jordan Jones. Jacon Holland adds 14.3 points, while Chris Lewis has totaled 11.1 points and a team-best 8.6 rebounds per game.
Last Season Versus The Cowboys
The Pack won both meetings with the Cowboys last season with an 87-67 road win and 97-81 victory at home. Senior Mark Williams averaged 17.5 points per game in those two meetings.
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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.