Shortly after the Lady Orediggers emerged victorious over Western State in Gunnison on Saturday night, the 13th ranked CSM men’s basketball team took down their WSU counterparts as well by a score of 79-45.
The Orediggers were tested early by the Mountaineers, even falling behind at one point 8-10 shortly into the contest. But successive layups from both Gokul Natesan and Trevor Ritchie gave Mines the necessary boost to carry them to a 29-19 halftime edge.
That momentum stayed with the Orediggers well into the second half, as CSM exploded for 50 points in the period. WSU was only able to close the gap to nine points before the Mines offense found their rhythm and cruised to the 34 point victory.
Four of CSM’s five starters hit double-digit scoring in the game, including Trevor Wages’ 15 to lead all scorers. Wages posted a double-double on the night, adding 13 rebounds to his point total, while Luke Meisch fell two rebounds short of accomplishing the same feat (13 points, 8 rebounds). Gokul Natesan added 10 off a Mines bench that had five different players find the basket and put up points.
CSM, now 17-2 and 13-2 in RMAC play, benefitted from a great night shooting (49.2% from the field, 37.5% from three point range) and complete domination of rebounding, edging WSU 46-24. The Orediggers also got points off several chances from the free throw line, as the Mountaineers committed 20 fouls on the night.
Mines’ next game will be a huge showdown in Golden against RMAC-leading #3 Metro State, where the Orediggers will look to avenge their close loss earlier this season in Denver. That game tips off in Lockridge Arena at 8pm on Friday, February 7th.