Colorado Mines squeezes past ASC
Orediggers advance to Second Round with 62-59 win
MANKATO, Minn. -- Third-seeded Colorado School of Mines defeated No. 6 seed Adams State by the score of 62-59 in the NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon, March 12th, at the Taylor Center.
Adams State led by seven points (14-7) with 10:18 remaining in the opening half, but the Orediggers went on an 11-0 run over the next two-and-a-half minutes to take a four-point lead at the 7:42 mark. Mines led by eight points (26-18) at halftime.
Mines extended its lead to 10 points just moments into the second half, but a 15-5 run by the Grizzlies knotted the score at 33-33 with 14:00 on the clock. ASC went ahead 35-33 less than a minute later.
The Orediggers took a lead that they would not relinquish at the 9:10 mark. The Grizzlies pulled to within a point on two separate occasions (8:50 and 5:58), but it was not enough as they saw their season come to an end.
Three players reached double figures in scoring for CSM, including Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Player of the Year Sean Armstrong, who led Mines with 14 points. Gordon Galloway finished with 13 points and Brett Green (five rebounds) contributed 12 points. Galloway added a team-most six rebounds, Trevor Wages grabbed five boards, and Dale Minschwaner and Chris Goutama had four steals apiece.
Saturday's contest marked the third time in the Orediggers' last seven games that they had faced Adams State. The Orediggers, who were ranked 20th in the final 2010-11 NABC / NCAA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll, improved to 25-5 overall.
The Grizzlies got a game-high 19 points from Marqus Richards (7-of-10 FG, 5-of-5 FT). Deray Wilson scored 14 points and Seth Heinbaugh hauled in a game-most 12 rebounds as ASC finished the season at 20-9 overall.
Mines will advance to face #2 seed Fort Lewis College (23-7 overall) in the NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament semifinals on Sunday evening, March 13th, at 5:00 p.m. CT (4:00 p.m. MT).