Shortly after the Lady Orediggers basketball team pulled the upset over CSU-Pueblo Saturday night, the 13th ranked Oredigger men’s basketball cruised to a 91-57 win of their own over the Thunderwolves.
For the first few minutes of the game it seemed as though the Thunderwolves would keep pace with the Orediggers, for after falling behind early, CSU-Pueblo fought back to tie the game at 16 apiece. But midway through the first half, CSM pulled away with an 8-0 run and never looked back. By halftime, Mines had put together a solid 41-28 lead. They kept their momentum going well into the second half, leading by as many as 39 points, and coasted to the 91-57 win.
Five Orediggers ended the night in double digits, including Brian Muller who led all scorers with 24 points on 75% shooting to go along with four rebounds and two assists. Trevor Wages notched a double-double, putting up 16 points and 10 rebounds, plus an assist, two steals, and a team high five blocks. Gokul Natesan also had a great night, adding 15 points, 4 rebounds, an assist, and a steal off the bench.
CSM owned the advantage on the final stat sheet, outshooting the Thunderwolves from the field (51.5% vs. 30.6%), the three point arc (42.3% vs. 28%), and the foul line (75% vs. 66.7%). The Orediggers also outrebounded CSU-Pueblo 41-37, and committed nine fewer turnovers on the night.
Mines will seek their third straight win next Friday night here in Golden against Adams State. That game tips off at 8pm on Friday, January 24 in Lockridge Arena, so come support your Orediggers.