COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (February 27, 2018) - Three members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo men's basketball team were recognized as All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tuesday, in an announcement from the league office. Senior Will Newman (Hawthorne, Calif.) led the way as an All-RMAC First Team recipient.
Newman finished the season ranked top 10 in the RMAC in eight major categories, which included leading the league in steals. Center Jason Anderson (R-So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) emerged as one of the top big men in the conference after missing the first 10 games and earned All-RMAC Second Team recognition. Senior Josh Smith's (G, Colorado Springs, Colo.) 3-point shooting and defensive abilities gathered him All-RMAC Honorable Mention honors. All three are first-time all-conference award winners.
Under seventh-year head coach Ralph Turner, 20 members of the ThunderWolves have earned All-RMAC honors, while five have gathered first-team recognition (Bronson Moton - 2014-15, Chris Golden - 2015-16, Nelson Kahler - 2016-17 and Rico Spikes - 2016-17).
The Pack finished the 2017-18 season with a 12-16 overall record and a 9-13 mark in league play. CSU-Pueblo finished under .500 for the first time since 2010-11 and the first time under Turner.
All-RMAC First Team ... RMAC Offensive Player of the Week (Nov. 27) ... Led the team and finished seventh in the league in scoring with 17.4 ppg ... Led the RMAC with 48 steals (1.7 spg) ... Finished third in the RMAC and 26th nationally with 157 assists, while the 5.6 assists per game was good for 30th in NCAA Division II ... Averaged 35.6 minutes per game to rank third in the conference ... Ranked sixth in RMAC in assist/turnover ratio with a 1.8 ratio ... Hit 125 free throws (5th in RMAC ) on 148 attempts (6th in RMAC) for a 84.5 percentage (10th in RMAC) ... Knocked down 65 3-pointers to finish second on the team and tied for eighth in the league ... Shot 44.2 percent from long range to rank eighth in the conference ... The point guard was also 12th in rebounding with 5.8 rebounds per game ... Totaled five double-doubles (three with rebounds, twice with assists) ... Scored more than 10 points in all but two games and recorded more than 20 points on 10 occasions ... Posted a career-high 33 points at New Mexico Highlands (Feb. 6) ... Totaled 22 points, a career-high 12 assists and nine rebounds against Colorado Mesa (Feb. 23).
Career: Played in 111 games ... Ranks second all-time at CSU-Pueblo in assists with 420 ... Finished career with 1,291 points to rank seventh on the program's scoring list ... Only the second player in program history to reach 1,000 points and 400 assists ... Capped career shooting 80.1 percent from the free throw line to rank second on the team's chart ... 148 career 3-pointers ranks eighth ... With 133 career steals, Newman sits 10th.
All-RMAC Second Team ... RMAC Offensive Player of the Week (Dec. 18) following his debut weekend where he averaged 26.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game and shot 76.7 percent from the field ... Played in 18 games ... Led the team in rebounds per game with 6.6 (118 rebounds was third on the team) ... Averaged 14.5 points per game for the second most on the squad ... Blocked 25 shots to rank second on the team ... Shot the ball at an even 50 percent from the field ... Averaged 24.3 minutes per game ... Totaled seven or more rebounds in 11 games ... Surpassed 20 points in a game on five occasions, which included 36 points against Western State (Dec. 16) ... Recorded a double-double in his first game with the Pack, a 16-point, 10-rebound performance at Colorado Mesa (Dec. 15) ... CoSIDA Academic All-District ... RMAC Academic Player of the Year ... Academic All-RMAC First Team.
All-RMAC Honorable Mention ... Led the team with 66 3-pointers to tie for fourth in the RMAC (2.4 3-pointers per game was also T-4th) ... Totaled 39 steals (1.4 spg) to rank seventh in the conference ... Scored 10.2 points per game (5th on the team) and pulled down 3.4 rebounds per game (T-4th on the team) ... Played in 32.6 minutes per game for 10th in the RMAC ... Added 1.3 assists per game ... Scored a career-high 26 points on a career-best seven 3-pointers at Colorado Christian (Feb. 17) to surpass 1,000 career points ... In his final game, totaled 18 points, five 3-pointers, eight rebounds, tied a career-high with five steals and added three assists and two blocks.
Career: Played 113 games ... Finished with 247 3-pointers to rank third all-time ... Became the 23rd member of the program to reach 1,000 career points and finished with 1,028 points ... Ranks fifth all-time in school history with 157 steals.
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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.