The No. 13 School of Mines Men’s basketball team went on the road Friday night to UCCS and captured the 77-54 victory bringing them to 13-1 on the season (9-1 in the RMAC). The Orediggers used a stifling defense and all five starters in double digits to regroup after their first loss of the season.
The Orediggers took the lead at 3-2 less than two minutes into the game and never surrendered it jumping out to a 10 point lead, 19-9, at the halfway point of the first half. At halftime the Orediggers led 36-29, and never let the Mountain Lions get any closer to winning for the rest of the game.
The Orediggers outscored UCCS 24-14 in the first 10 minutes of the second half to lead 60-43, on the way to a 23 point victory. Mines limited the mountain lions to just 25 second half points and held UCCS to a 30.9% shooting percentage and 23.1% from behind the arch while shooting 49.1% themselves from the field, 35.7% from three, and 18-20 from the charity stripe (90%). The Orediggers out-rebounded UCCS 38-33 and had 34 points in the paint, 10 more than the mountain lions.
Senior Trevor Wages led the team with 15 points and added three blocks and seven rebounds while Brett Green (senior) chipped in 14 points, two assists, and four rebounds. Senior Luke Meisch had 13 points, four rebounds, three steals, three assists, and one block and juniors Trevor Ritchie and Brian Muller added 12 and 10 points respectively as well as three rebounds and one assists each. Trey Winbush grabbed six rebounds and Will Carr had four rebounds and seven points off the bench for the Orediggers.
The Orediggers are home this Friday against Adams State, so come out and support your Orediggers.