Colorado Mines upends Metro State
Orediggers sink free throws down the stretch to top Roadrunners
DENVER -- No. 5 Colorado Mines used 26 bench points and 22 made free throws to beat No. 12 Metro State for the second time this season while also pushing their RMAC lead to two games with a 72-67 victory against the Roadrunners on Monday.
The Orediggers (19-2, 15-2 RMAC) outrebounded the Roadrunners 37-33 while also posting a 26-9 advantage on bench points. Despite just a 2-of-12 shooting effort from 3-point range and 12 turnovers, Mines was able to come out victorious in a game that had 46 total fouls and less than 50 percent shooting by both squads.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 2 West Liberty 134, Ohio Valley 81|
|No. 5 Colorado Mines 72, No. 12 Metro State 67|
|No. 17 Shaw 71, Livingstone 64|
The first half was very competitive, with neither team holding a lead of more than six points throughout its entirety. Mines took it's biggest lead of the first half on a free throw by Dale Minschwaner with 10:14 on the clock to go up 21-15.
Metro State continued to battle back, and tied up the score for the second time 29-29 on a free throw by DeShawn Phenix with 3:29 to go. Mines would get up by as many as four points after that on a pair of free throws by Brett Green with 2:42 showing on the clock.
A tip-in by Derrick January, a 3-point basket by Green and a jumper by Brandon Jefferson took the game to its 36-35 halftime score in favor of CSM.
A layup by Paul Brotherson with 18:39 to go in the game tied up the ballgame for the third time at 39-39, and an old fashioned 3-point play by Reggie Evans brought the game to 45-44 in favor of Mines with 16:36 to go.
The two teams would go scoreless for the next two minutes of action -- trading missed shots, turnovers and fouls, until a jumper by Evans in the paint gave the Roadrunners a 46-45 lead.
Mines quickly responded with a 7-2 run through the next 3:49 of the game, capped off by an old fashioned 3-point play by Chris Goutama. With 10:30 remaining in the game, a pair of free throws by Jacob Case took Mines to a seven-point lead at 57-50.
A jumper by Nicholas Kay with 7:25 remaining trimmed the CSM lead to seven points, and a 3-point basket on the Roadrunners next possession by Demetrius Miller cut the CSM lead to four points at 63-59 with 6:50 to go in the game.
Brandon Jefferson made the second of two foul shots to cut the Oredigger lead to one point at 63-62 with 5:25 to play, but a fadeaway jumper by Green pushed the CSM lead back to three points at 65-62 with just over five minutes remaining.
Up 67-65 with one minute to go, sophomore Trevor Wages went to the line for a pair of free throws and sank them both to put his team up 69-65.
January put in a layup with 11.8 seconds remaining to trim the Mines' lead to 69-67, but the Roadrunners were forced to foul Green, the RMAC leader in free throw percentage. Green knocked them both in and a long 3-point attempt by Jefferson missed the mark, forcing the Roadrunners to foul once more.
Trevor Wages would knock in one of two free throws to put the icing on a Mines' sweep of their conference rival.
Minschwaner and Ritchie each recorded 13 points to lead Mines, with Minschwaner also adding a game-high 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season and 21st of his career. With his 13 points, Minschwaner is now just 13 shy of becoming the 12th player in CSM history to score 1,500 career points.
Ritchie added two rebounds and two steals in 33 minutes of action while going 6-of-8 from the field.
Brett Green was the only other member of the Orediggers' squad in double figures with 11 points on 2-of-5 shooting, including 6-of-6 from the foul line.
Jacob Case and Luke Meisch each recorded eight points, with Meisch adding six rebounds and Case finishing 3-of-4 from the field.