No. 12 Orediggers beat No. 1 Metro St.
Colorado Mines stuns RMAC rival Roadrunners 68-57
GOLDEN, Colo. -- Brett Green buried them from deep, Trevor Wages pounded them inside and Trevor Ritchie closed out the game to lead No. 12 Colorado Mines to a 68-57 upset of No. 1 Metro State on Friday evening at Lockridge Arena in Golden.
The Orediggers (11-1, 7-1 RMAC) took down the nation's top squad behind a strong second half that saw the team shoot 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from the floor, 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from long range and 11-of-15 (73.3 percent) from the foul line. CSM cranked up its defense and held the Roadrunners (11-1, 7-1 RMAC) to just 24.2 percent (8-of-33) shooting during the second stanza. A rough-and-tumble game that featured 10 tie scores and seven lead changes as well as a combined 31 fouls, the Orediggers stuck to their modus operandi to win in vintage CSM fashion.
As has been the trend recently, Mines got off to a sluggish start in falling behind by a 9-2 score just 4:08 into the ballgame. However, a 7-0 run through the next 2:42 of the ballgame brought the home squad back to even at 9-9. The two teams would then trade baskets and possessions before tying up the ballgame for the fifth time at 21-21.
The Roadrunners strung together another set of baskets, going up 28-21 on a jumper by Preseason RMAC Player of the Year Reggie Evans with 4:29 to go in the half.
The Orediggers would not be intimidated, coming back to just two down at 30-28 with 2:50 to play on a layup by reigning RMAC Defensive Player of the Week Trevor Wages. The teams traded turnovers and missed baskets down the stretch and the 30-28 score would hold up at halftime.
Metro State opened up the second half by increasing and subsequently holding its lead – staying up four points, 42-35, with 15:01 to play in the contest. Consecutive 3-point baskets by senior Chris Goutama and Green erased the deficit, leaving the Orediggers down by one, 42-41, with 13:29 to play.
The ballgame would be tied up for the 10th time at 51-51 when Metro State got a tip-in by Jonathan Morse with 6:19 remaining. That would be the last time the Roadrunners were in striking distance as the Orediggers posted a 17-6 run down the stretch to end the game.
CSM also defeated then-No. 1 Metro State on January 18, 2005, at Volk Gymnasium in Golden in the last matchup between the Orediggers and a top-ranked Roadrunner squad.
Green led the team in scoring with 22 points on a 6-for-8 effort from the floor, including a perfect 4-of-4 line from downtown. The junior sharpshooter also finished 6-of-6 from the foul line while adding five rebounds in 29 minutes of action.
Wages recorded his third double-double of the season with a 16-point, 16-rebound performance that helped CSM hold a 30-to-20 advantage on points in the paint. He added four assists and three steals while finished 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
Senior Dale Minschwaner shrugged off a broken nose in the second half to grind out 11 points and four rebounds in 18 minutes of action while fellow senior Chris Goutama added six points, two rebounds, four assists (no turnovers) and one steal during the contest.
Redshirt freshman Trevor Ritchie served as the Orediggers' closer with eight of his nine points coming in the last 3:36 of the ballgame.
Evans, the conference's leading scorer, led the Roadrunners with 20 points on an 8-of-25 effort from the floor while Morse grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
The Orediggers look to push their winning streak to five on Saturday when they host Regis (4-8, 1-7 RMAC) at Lockridge Arena. Tip-off will be approximately 20 minutes after completion of the women's game which is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.