COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (January 13, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball players who hail from Colorado Springs, Colorado shined Saturday and scored a combined 50 points in the team's 81-71 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference road win at University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
Springs natives Jason Anderson (R-So., Center), Donovan Oldham (So., Guard) and Josh Smith (Sr., Guard) not only combined for 50 points, but shot 53.8 percent from the field, pulled down 12 rebounds and added six steals. Anderson guided the trio with 22 points on 7-of-10 (70%) shooting from the field and added seven rebounds. Oldham recorded 15 points with four rebounds, while Smith knocked down three 3-pointers and totaled 13 points. He also added five steals.
Senior Will Newman (G, Hawthorne, Calif.) posted his second straight double-double (fourth of the season) with 16 points and 10 rebounds. He hit four 3-pointers (3-of-6 from long range in the second half) and added three assists with a steal.
The ThunderWolves (7-10, 5-7 RMAC) finished the game shooting 46.3 percent from the field and went 10-of-26 (38.5%) from beyond the arc. UCCS (6-11, 3-8 RMAC) shot 40.4 percent from the field. The Pack won the rebounding battle 36-33 and converted seven offensive rebounds into 11 points. CSU-Pueblo had more turnovers (13 to 11), but scored 14 points off those miscues, while the Mountain Lions had eight points in that category.
The two teams played an extremely close first half, as the lead changed three times and there were six ties, which included a knotted affair 33-33 at the halftime buzzer. In that first half the Pack posted a lead as large as five, while UCCS's biggest advantage was one. Both teams' shooting percentage was high 30's, while the two competitors both hit three from long range and eight from the charity stripe. Anderson totaled 12 of his 22 in the first half.
The 3-ball came alive in the second frame, as the ThunderWolves hit three of their seven in the first six minutes to help post a 19-4 run. That stretch gave the Pack a 52-37 lead and broke open the game, as the Mountain Lions never recovered. Oldham contributed seven points during the run, while Smith had five and Anderson chipped in four.
The CSU-Pueblo lead would reach 21 midway through the second half before settling at 10.
The ThunderWolves return home Tuesday, Jan. 16 for a RMAC showdown with Colorado Christian University beginning 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.