PUEBLO, Colo. (January 26, 2018) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team produced its best defensive effort of the season in a 82-49 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference home win Friday at Massari Arena. The victory made four straight for the ThunderWolves.
The Pack got back to .500 on the season, as they improved to 10-10 overall and 7-7 in RMAC play. In addition to holding Chadron State to 49 points (the lowest an opponent has scored against the Pack this season), CSC shot just 27 percent from the field (again the lowest by an opponent this season). On the offensive side, the ThunderWolves knocked down a cool 55.6 percent of their shots from the field, the team's seventh game shooting above .500. CSU-Pueblo was 14-for-16 (87.5%) from the charity stripe.
The Pack totaled 44 points in the paint and allowed just 26. The home team produced 16 CSC turnovers and converted them into 28 points.
Sophomore Donovan Oldham (G, Colorado Springs, Colo.) was 5-for-6 (83.3%) from the field, 2-for-3 (66.7%) from long range and was 4-of-4 from the free throw line to total 16 points. A total of five players were in double-figures, as Jason Anderson (R-So., C, Colorado Springs, Colo.) totaled 10 points and seven rebounds with two blocks and two steals. Senior Will Newman (Hawthorne, Calif.) added 10 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Off the bench, BJ Hardy (R-Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) knocked down three from downtown and finished with 11 points in 13 minutes. Senior Mika Nuolivirta (C, Vantaa, Uusimaa, Finland) recorded 11 points and five rebounds and two blocks. Freshman Corey Seng (Highland Ranch, Colo.) posted nine points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. In the end, 11 different players scored and the Pack bench totaled 40 points.
CSU-Pueblo built an eight point lead at 13-5 seven minutes into the contest, but led by just four at 21-17 with 7:11 remaining in the opening half. The ThunderWolves then closed the half on a 14-5 run to open a 13-point lead at the break, 35-22. During the run, five different players scored, as Anderson totaled five points.
The hot streak continued for the home team into the second half, as the Pack produced a 15-4 run during the opening six minutes of the new frame to lead 50-26. Again five different players scored during the run, while Oldham produced six points.
The CSU-Pueblo advantage never dipped below 22 the rest of the way, as Head Coach Ralph Turner was able to clear his bench and give the starters valuable rest.
Next up is a RMAC battle with Regis University Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The contest serves as Take a Kid to the Game Night at Massari Arena. All youth 18 and under are free, while a performance from the Halftime Dogs will highlight halftime.
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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.