Men’s Basketball finishes regular season on high note

The Mines men’s basketball team completed a road weekend sweep, rolling past the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs 88-52 Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

A night after battling to a 71-66 win over CSU-Pueblo, the Orediggers used a 14-3 run to open the second half against UCCS, cruising to their 12th consecutive win, and closing out the regular season with a program record 20 conference victories.

Redshirt freshman Brian Muller led all scorers with 17 points, while senior Dale Minschwaner finished with 15 and Trevor Ritchie, 13. Luke Meisch and Brett Green each added 12.

With the win, the Orediggers improved to 20-2 in the RMAC and 24-2 overall. With 24 wins, the team is only one win shy of tying the single season record of 25, set during the 2010-2011 season.

Mines will now turn to the first round of the RMAC tournament, where as the #1 seed it will face off against #8 seed Western State University, Tuesday, February 28, at Lockridge Arena. Mines won its only meeting of the year against Western State, outlasting the Mountaineers 69-63 in Golden on January 21. Mines is undefeated in home games this season, and looks to continue that streak in postseason play.

With a victory Tuesday over Western State, Mines would advance to the semifinal round at the Colorado State Fair Events Center, Friday, March 2, in Pueblo. Would the Orediggers win on Friday, they would move on to the championship game on Saturday March 3. The game will be televised locally on Altitude Sports Network.

A strong showing in the RMAC Shootout Tournament would all but guarantee the Orediggers a #1 seed in the NCAA Division II National Tournament, the Division II form of March Madness. If the Orediggers claim a #1 seed, they would host three more games at Lockridge, where they are 15-0 this season.

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