The No. 11 Colorado School of Mines men’s basketball team ran into an extremely hot shooting team Friday night, and were upset 89-75. Adams State (9-6, 6-6 RMAC) shot a blistering 55.6% from the field and forced Mines into 20 turnovers. Mines ( 14-2, 10-2 RMAC) was led in scoring by Trevor Wages who had 17 points on the night to go along with 13 rebounds, one block and one steal.
Both teams traded baskets in the early minutes of the game, and halfway through the first half, the game was tied 19-19. However, by halftime Adams had jumped out to a 14 point lead and taken control of the game at 51-37. The hole they dug themselves at the end of the first half proved insurmountable, and Mines fell to unranked Adams State by 14 after both teams were even in the second half with 38 points each.
The Orediggers had three players in double figures in the game, but were done in by turnovers and their inability to make a three. Mines shot just 12.5% from three (2-16), and 39.2% from the field. The bright spot on the night was the Orediggers ability to get to the line in what was a very physical game. Mines made 33 of their 43 free throws for 76.7%, and Adams went 27-33 from the stripe.
Joining Wages in double figures were Brian Muller with 15 (10-10 from the free throw line) and Brett Green with 14. Luke Meisch added eight boards and nine points, and both Gokul Natesan and Trey Winbush added six points off the bench. Mines out-rebounded Adams State 35 to 30, but lost the battle in the paint 44-24, and Adam’s bench scored 37 to just 16 by the Orediggers.