Anderson’s double-double debut helps Pack pulls away from Mesa in first RMAC win

Anderson’s double-double debut helps Pack pulls away from Mesa in first RMAC win

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (December 15, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Men's Basketball earned its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win of 2017-18 with an 88-72 victory over Colorado Mesa University Friday at Brownson Arena.

The Pack now stands 4-7 overall with a 1-4 mark in RMAC games. CMU stumbled to 6-5 (2-3 RMAC). CSU-Pueblo drained 12 3-pointers and shot 53.1 percent from the field. They outrebounded the Mavericks 40-39.

Will Newman (Sr., Hawthorne, Calif.) led the Pack with 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Newman knocked down 4-of-6 from deep and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. With his 24 points against the Mavericks, Newman now has 997 career points at CSU-Pueblo. The Pack's point guard narrowly missed a double-double with nine assists. He added five rebounds.

Making his CSU-Pueblo debut, Jason Anderson (R-So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) delivered a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Anderson knocked down 8-of-10 from the field. He added a pair of blocks in the win.

Gavin Liggett (Jr., Limon, Colo.) went off with a season-high 17 points. Liggett went 5-of-11 from the field. All of his attempts were from beyond the arc. He dished out three assists and added four boards.

The two squads traded the lead throughout the first half.  A layup by Mark Williams (Sr., Chino Hills, Calif.) and three-pointers from Donovan Oldham (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Liggett put the Pack up 30-24. This 8-0 run would be the largest of the first half as the Pack led 44-38 after one. 

Colorado Mesa kept pace with the Pack early in the second half. With 12:35 remaining in the second half, the Mavericks tied the game at 57.  Holding 72-67 lead with seven minutes left, the Pack went on a 14-0 run, holding the Mavericks scoreless  for over four minutes.

This run would be the difference as the Pack pulled away with an 88-72 win.  Newman scored seven of the Pack's 14 points during this run. Corey Seng (Fr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.) scored five points during the run. Seng finished with nine points on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 from the line.

CSU-Pueblo will take the court for the final time before the holiday break Saturday night when they play Western State Colorado University. Tip off in Gunnison, Colo. is scheduled for 7 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.