The tenth ranked Colorado School of Mines men’s basketball team squared off against Colorado Christian on Saturday in Lakewood for their final regular season game of the year. The Orediggers (23-3, 19-3 RMAC) defeated the Cougars by a score of 110 to 69. With the win, the Orediggers clinch the two seed in the RMAC tournament and will play their first round game on Tuesday the 4 at 7 p.m in Lockridge arena.
The Orediggers dominated this game. They never trailed, and, halfway through the first half, they lead 34-12. At halftime, they lead by 30 points, 57-28. The second half was much like the first. Mines continued their domination, but were not quite as efficient in the second half, only outscoring the Cougars by 12 points. The final score was 110-69, and with that finale, the Orediggers finish second in the RMAC and get to host their first tournament game on Tuesday.
Luke Meisch led the Orediggers with 18 points, and added five rebounds. Off the bench, Gokul Natesan scored 17 points and added three assists, while Caleb Waitsman scored 14 in just 19 minutes and added eight rebounds and a block. Trevor Wages and Brett Green scored 13 points, and Wages finished with a double-double, grabbing 12 rebounds and adding three blocks. Green contributed nine rebounds and one steal, assist, and block. Trevor Ritchie and Brian Muller also scored in double digits (10 apiece). Overall there were seven Orediggers in double figures including all five starters.
As a team, Mines shot a blistering 57.6% from the field while holding CCU to just 36.5%. The Orediggers won the rebounding battle by 25 rebound, 47-22 and had the 36-26 points in the paint advantage.