KEARNEY, Neb. – Nebraska-Kearney won the battle on the glass and made some key plays down the stretch to upset sixth-ranked Colorado Mines, 66-57 on Saturday.
The Lopers (5-3, 3-2 RMAC), who’ve now faced three of the nation’s top-15 teams, snap a three-game losing streak to the Orediggers (7-1, 3-1 RMAC). The win was the Lopers’ first against a team ranked as high as the No. 6 ‘Diggers in five years.
|Other Top-25 Scores|
|No. 1 Metro State 78, Regis 71|
|No. 2 Southern Indiana 74, Cedarville 45|
|No. 3 Lincoln Memorial 77, King (Tenn.) 75|
|No. 9 West Liberty 81 at Saint Leo 67|
|No. 14 Augustana (S.D.) 66, Minnesota-Crookston 60|
|No. 16 Winona State 78, Minnesota State-Mankato 72|
|No. 19 Findlay 85, Ohio Domincan 67|
|No. 20 Bowie State 94 at Mercyhurst 93|
|No. 23 Midwestern State 72, Texas A&M-Kingsville|
|No. 24 Arkansas Tech 81, Montevallo 73|
The tallest team in the RMAC, Mines came in shooting 55 percent from the field thanks to a plus-12 rebounding margin. However, those numbers didn’t carry over to today as UNK jumped out to a 9-0 lead as the ‘Diggers missed its first four shots and had two turnovers.
The Lopers also grabbed seven of the first eight rebounds and finished the day with a plus two advantage 34-32. That included 13 offensive caroms which directly led to 16 points.
After the quick start, UNK kept its lead for the entire first half but the ‘Diggers started to heat up and used its size advantage to get the Loper posts into foul trouble. Down 30-26 at the break, Mines grabbed its first lead of the game when senior post Dale Mischwaner scored four in a row to make it 36-34 with 15:44 to go.
UNK, however, tied things at 38 about two minutes later and didn’t trail again. A key turning point came with the Lopers up 49-43 with about seven minutes to go.
After a missed three, junior post Drew Sankey grabbed an offensive rebound and tossed the ball out to sophomore post Mike Dentlinger. He calmly stepped back a foot and nailed his third three of the year.
Mines responded with a bucket, but Dentlinger struck again, hitting another three to give UNK its first double-digit lead of the day. For the season, Dentlinger is now 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.
The ‘Diggers didn’t get closer than seven points the rest of the way as they finished just 22-of-51 from the field and 3-of-10 at 3-pointers. They came in averaging nearly nine made threes per game.
UNK shot 42 percent from the field, including a 6-for-14 effort from behind the 3-point line. The Lopers made 18-of-26 free throws and only committed 12 turnovers.
Individually, senior guard Quinston Reggins played all 40 minutes and tallied 16 of his game-high 20 points in the second half. He finished 5-of-10 from the floor and 8-of-10 at the line while having six boards and two dimes.
Dentlinger also was big after the break, scoring 10 of his 18 points. He led the team in rebounds with seven and added two steals in 37 minutes.
Finally, senior Max Froehlich had 11 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals.