PUEBLO, Colo. – Visiting and third-ranked Colorado School of Mines used a strong rebounding advantage and an edge at the foul line to earn a 71-66 victory against CSU-Pueblo on Friday evening at Massari Arena.
The No. 3 Orediggers (23-2, 19-2 RMAC), who came in ranked eighth nationally with a +7.4 rebounding margin, posted a 35-20 advantage on the boards on Friday evening. That strong rebounding margin allowed Mines to post an 11-2 advantage on second-chance points.
With the win, Mines sets a school record for conference wins in a season with 19. It is now just two wins shy of tying the school record for overall wins (25) that was set by last season’s RMAC Championship and NCAA tournament squad.
Mines battled through 10 tie scores and five lead changes during the game and neither team led by more than six points throughout the entire contest.
With the game tied at 63-all with 1:04 to go, junior Brett Green buried his second 3-pointer of the ball game to push CSM up 66-63. Green scored six points in the final 1:04 and the team as a whole made 17 of 19 foul shots in the second half.
Senior Dale Minschwaner led the team with 19 points on 5 of 9 shooting from the floor, including a 7 of 10 effort from the foul line. He tied for the team lead with seven rebounds and added three assists, a block and a steal in 32 minutes of action.
Fellow senior Chris Goutama had an efficient night on the floor with 14 points on 4 of 8 shooting, including 2 of 3 from downtown and 4 of 4 from the free throw line. He added two assists and two steals in 34 minutes of action.
Green and Trevor Ritchie rounded out the four Orediggers in double figures with 11 points apiece while Ritchie added four assists.
Green has now scored in double figures in 24 of 25 games for Mines this season.