PUEBLO, Colo. (January 27, 2018) - One week after a monster comeback, the Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team fell short Saturday in another bid to erase another large halftime deficit. The ThunderWolves lost 64-63 to Regis University in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference contest at Massari Arena.
Trailing by 16 at the break, the Pack (10-11, 7-8 RMAC) only allowed the Rangers (15-5, 9-5 RMAC) to score 22 points in the final 20 minutes, but couldn't find enough offensive muster of their own to complete the comeback. CSU-Pueblo never led in the game, but trailed by just two at 62-60 with 3:38 remaining after a Will Newman (Sr., G, Hawthorne, Calif.) 3-pointer. RU responded with a layup on the other end with 3:28 left, but that would be the final point the road team would manage. A senior Josh Smith (G, Colorado Springs, Colo.) layup with 1:51 remaining closed the gap to just two at 64-62.
CSU-Pueblo had two opportunities to tie the game or take a lead, but turned the ball over on both attempts. Finally with 11 seconds left, Newman was fouled on his way to the basket to put him at the line. He entered the game shooting 85.3 percent from the line, but after making the first he missed the second and the Rangers came down with the ball. The ThunderWolves got another break when Regis missed the first free throw on a one-and-one and the Pack had another chance with eight ticks left. Newman brought the ball down the floor, but had to settle for a long jumper, which was blocked as time expired on the clock and the hopes of another second half comeback.
The ThunderWolves finished the game shooting 40.4 percent from the field, but were 29.6 percent from long range. RU shot 56.7 percent in the first half, but 29.6 percent in the second to close the game hitting on 43.9 percent. CSU-Pueblo won the rebounding battle 38-34 with 12 offensive boards that resulted in 16 second chance points. Eleven of the home team's 18 turnovers came in the first half and Regis scored 14 of its 19 points off turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
Newman was teh game's top scorer with 21 points. He added eight rebounds, four assists and two steals after playing all 40 minutes. Smith scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half and pulled down six rebounds with three steals. Both of the seniors hit three, 3-pointers to total six of the team's eight in the game. Sophomore Jason Anderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished with nine points and eight rebounds.
CSU-Pueblo takes to the road for its next three games against teams ahead of the Pack in the RMAC standings and that had beaten them earlier in the season. It starts with Adams State University Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m., followed by Fort Lewis College at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3.
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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.