GUNNISON, Colo. (December 16, 2017) - Will Newman (G, Hawthorne, Calif.) became the 22nd member of the Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team to surpass 1,000 career points, as the senior helped guide the ThunderWolves to a 92-79 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference road win at Western State Colorado University.
The Pack improved to 5-7 overall and 2-4 in RMAC play with the win, as the team shot a season-high 60.3 percent from the field and hit on 42.1 percent from long range. The ThunderWolves won the rebounding battle 32-28.
Newman scored all his 14 points in the second half and knocked down a team-high three 3-pointers. He dished out 10 assists to tie a career high and reach double digit dimes for the second time in his career. He also pulled down eight rebounds for his fourth eight-plus reobund game of the season.
Playing in just his second game as a member of the Pack, sophomore center Jason Anderson (R-So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) dropped 36 points and added six rebounds. He shot 15-for-20 (75%) from the field and hit on 2-of-3 (66.6%) from long range. He did all this in just 22 minutes. Fellow center Mika Nuolivirta (Sr., Vantaa, Uusimaa, Finland) added 20 points in 17 minutes, as he shot 9-for-10 (90%) from the field.
After the first half was played to an even 40-40, the turning point in the game was a Pack 18-0 second half run. With the ThunderWolves leading 64-61 and 11:49 remaining, the road team rattled off the incredible run over 4:19 of game clock to lead 82-61. During the stretch four members of the Pack scored with Anderson totalling seven points and Newman adding six. The team went 4-for-8 (50%) from the field in the game-changing run.
Western cut the deficit to 11 at 87-76 with 1:57 remaining, but clutch free throw shooting down the stretch, 5-of-6 (83.3%), clinched the road win.
CSU-Pueblo now breaks for the holiday and will return to the hardwood Dec. 30 with a RMAC road game at Black Hills State University at 6 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.