Metro State hits 100 points for first time since 2008 in rout of Fort Lewis
DENVER -- Top-ranked Metro State dominated from the opening tip in a 103-72 win against Fort Lewis on Friday night at the Auraria Event Center. It was the first time more than 100 points for the Roadrunners since 2008 against Colorado-Colorado Springs as they improved to 22-1 overall and 19-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with their 19th consecutive victory. The Skyhawks fell to 14-9 and 11-8 in the RMAC.
Brandon Jefferson was unstoppable, scoring 28 points in just 27 minutes on 10-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Mitch McCarron had 16 points and tied a career high with eight assists. Nicholas Kay also scored 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting, hitting all six of his free throw attempts. He led the Roadrunners with eight rebounds.
Freshman Harrison Goodrick provided 13 points off the bench. Will Sinclair scored eight, Raul Delgado added seven and Eric Rayer and Sam Porter each had four.
MSU Denver committed just five turnovers in the game despite none of its starters seeing the floor in the final nine minutes of the game. The Roadrunners shot 51.4 percent from the floor and outrebounded FLC 42-to-29. They also forced 17 turnovers, leading to 28 points off turnovers.
Metro State put together one of its most complete halves of the season and led 52-33 at halftime. The Roadrunners committed just two turnovers in the first half and outrebounded the Skyhawks 19-to-14, while shooting 54.3 percent from the floor. They also forced nine turnovers. Jefferson shot 7-of-10 from the floor and led all scorers with 19 points.
The Roadrunners led by as many as 39 points in the second half. They outscored FLC 48-21 during a 14-minute stretch between the first and second halves.