The Oredigger basketball team improved to 3-0 on the season after going on the road and taking down the South Dakota School of Mines 79-65 on Saturday night.
Mines started the game off hot, jumping out to a big lead after a 16-4 run and never looking back. The offense continued to stay sharp throughout the first half, where they led by as much as 20 points and went into the locker room up 47-33. However, the opening of half number two saw the Orediggers hit a bit of a slump. SDSM was able to fight back to within six points only three minutes into the half, but that would prove to be as close as the game would get. CSM pulled away the rest of the game, and came away with the 79-65 victory.
Four Orediggers ended the night with double-figure scoring, led by Brett Green’s 19 points to go along with 18 from Brian Muller, 13 from Trevor Wages, and 14 from Gokul Natesan off the bench. Green had the most well rounded night of the team, contributing five rebounds, four assists, and three steals along with his 19 points.
Despite barely being beat by SDSM in terms of shooting percentage from the field and free throw percentage, the Orediggers prevailed in every other team statistic, out rebounding the Hardrockers and completely outshooting them from beyond the three point arc. The Hardrockers also committed more turnovers than the Orediggers, leading to a 24-11 points off turnovers edge for CSM.
The Mines basketball team hits the court again on Friday, November 29th here in Golden as they look to improve to 4-0 against Northwestern Oklahoma. That game tips off at 7pm in Lockridge Arena.