Metro State downs Adams State
Evans and Brotherson combine for 45 points for Roadrunners
DENVER -- For the second year in a row Metro State earned a first-round NCAA Tournament win, topping Adams State 79-74 on Saturday afternoon. The Roadrunners improved to 23-6 overall this season and will face St. Cloud State on Sunday.
ASC's season came to an end with a 19-9 mark.
Seniors Reggie Evans and Paul Brotherson provided a spark offensively. Evans tied a season high with 29 points, making 10-of-21 from the floor and 9-of-13 at the line. He also had five rebounds, four steals and two assists.
Brotherson poured in a career-high 16 points off the bench, burying a pair of 3-pointers and making 10-of-12 at the line. His previous career high was 11 points. He led the team with seven rebounds.
Metro caught fire from downtown, hitting 7-of-17 3-point field goals in the game. Demetrius Miller made 3-of-4 and had 11 points and Brandon Jefferson made two 3-pointers, scoring 15 points.
The team's second-leading scorer Jonathan Morse was held to just four points as the Grizzlies dominated the paint, outrebounding Metro 39-33 and outscoring Metro 26-8 in the paint.
Metro State made 28-of-37 (.757) at the line and shot 44.0 percent from the floor.
The Roadrunners opened the game on fire, leading 18-9 with under 12 minutes left in the first half. Miller and Brotherson buried back-to-back 3-point field goals for a 12-5 lead with 15:13 left to force an ASC timeout.
However, the Grizzlies came back with a 14-0 run over six minutes to take a 21-18 lead with seven minutes to go in the half.
Evans answered the ASC run with a one-handed slam over two defenders and followed that up with a 3-point play to tie the game at 25-25. He also scored on Metro's next possession after a stop for a 27-25 lead with just under four minutes to go in the half, scoring seven straight Roadrunners points.
Evans continued his run with a runner in the lane for a 29-25 lead with 2:40 to go.
He nailed a floater with seven seconds left to hand Metro a 35-30 lead going into halftime to lead all scorers with 17 points at the break.
Metro broke a 43-43 tie with 14:13 left with a 20-7 run to build a 13-point lead.
The Roadrunners came out hitting five 3-pointers in the first nine minutes of the second half to lead 54-48 with 10:45 left after Brotherson's second triple, giving him 12 points in the game.
Jefferson hit a 15-foot jumper and then made an acrobatic layup, splitting two defenders at the rim, for a 58-50 lead with just under nine to play.
Two free throws from Tyler Cooper gave Metro its largest lead of the game at 67-53 with 4:35 left.
The Grizzlies did not go away, however. They hit a pair of 3-pointers and 4-of-4 at the line in the final minute, trimming the lead to 77-74 with 16.9 left. But Brotherson iced the game with a pair of free throws with 8.2 seconds to play after pulling down a rebound off a 3-point attempt to tie the game.
Kaimyn Pruitt and Jack Osborn led ASC with 14 points each. Pruitt also had a game-high 15 rebounds.