No. 8 Metro St. beats Chadron St.
Cervantes leads Roadrunners with 12 points, 13 rebounds
DENVER -- No. 8 Metro State held off a second-half surge as the Roadrunners won 55-51 against Chadron State on Friday evening. Metro improved to 20-2 overall and 16-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, while CSC fell to 8-14 and 8-10 in the RMAC.
Chadron State outscored Metro 30-10 over the final 11:45. During that time, Metro State shot just 2-15 (13 percent) from the floor, 6-14 (42 percent) at the line, while committing 11 turnovers.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 3 Wayne State 80, Mary 63|
|No. 6 Fort Lewis 61, CSU-Pueblo 55|
|No. 8 Metro State 55, Chadron State 51|
The final minute lasted nine minutes and included eight fouls. A 30-foot desperation 3-pointer by Dallas Shaw cut Metro State's lead to three at 54-51 with 3.2 seconds left. But Brandi Valencia went 1-2 at the line with 1.3 seconds left to make it a two-possession game and seal the win.
The Roadrunners shot a season-low 30 percent from the field, but also held the Eagles to a season-low 26 percent in an ugly offensive game. However, Metro State out-rebounded CSC 50-40.
Jasmine Cervantes led the Roadrunners with 12 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Jenessa Burke added 11 off the bench. Emily Wood scored nine points, but was scoreless in the second half.
Kristin Valencia was just 1-6 from the floor, but had nine rebounds and three steals to help on defense.
Metro held CSC scoreless for the first 8:01, leading 17-2 after the first Eagles basket. The Roadrunners led by as many as 19 points and were ahead 31-14 at halftime.
CSC was held to just 17 percent shooting and Metro out-rebounded the Eagles 27-21 and forced 10 first-half turnovers. Wood led all scorers with nine points at half.
The Roadrunners quickly opened a 24-point lead in the second half, but a 21-2 run over seven minutes trimmed the lead to 47-42 with 3:40 left.
RMAC leading scorer Kaitlin Petri led all scorers with 22 points and had 11 rebounds for Chadron State, shooting 6-10 from the floor and 10-14 at the line.