Orediggers prove worthy of national ranking in win

By Doug Fitzgerald published December 10, 2011

GOLDEN, Colo. - Trevor Wages had a career-high 17 rebounds as the No. 7-ranked Colorado School of Mines Orediggers proved to be too much for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, beating the Mountain Lions 86-57 Friday evening at Lockridge Arena.

Wages added 10 points and a pair of blocked shots as the Orediggers improved to 6-0, 2-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Trevor Ritchie and Dale Minschwaner lead Mines with 16 points each.

The Orediggers looked every bit the No. 7 team in the nation, particularly in the second half.

"They're a team that if you make any mistakes, they make you pay for them," said UCCS coach Russ Caton. "We don't have the confidence to play through that yet.

"They're a good example of what a smart basketball team is like and we have to learn that from them."

George Pollard led UCCS (1-8, 0-3 RMAC) with 12 points. Matt Heydman and Darius Pardner added 10 points each and Jeff Isaac had nine.

UCCS was outrebounded 45-30. Mines had 17 offensive rebounds while the Mountain Lions had 18 defensive boards. The Orediggers also outshot UCCS 50.9 percent to 38.6 percent.

UCCS overcame a 9-3 deficit to tie it at nine, and even let 18-15, but the Orediggers finished with a 20-6 run to take a 35-24 lead into the intermission.

The Mountain Lions stayed within reach by using pressure defense. Mines figured it out, though, and went on a 15-2 run that gave it a commanding 65-40 lead.

"They go on a little bit of a run and we don't really answer," said Caton. "We try to get some momentum and we do something like set an illegal screen, or have a careless turnover or a careless foul."

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Darius PardnerDarius Pardner1GSo
Darius PardnerDarius Pardner34GFr
George PollardGeorge Pollard12GJr.
Additional News Stories
March 5, 2012UCCS drops game to rival CSU-Pueblo The University of Colorado Colorado Springs blacked-out first on its own blackout night as they fell 76-71 to Colorado State-Pueblo Saturday night at the Gallogly Events Center.
February 25, 2012No. 3-ranked Mines tops UCCSCOLORADO SPRINGS – Five Orediggers were in double-figures as the No. 3-ranked Colorado School of Mines extended their win-streak to 12 games with an 88-52 victory of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Saturday night at the Gallogly Events Center.
February 24, 2012UCCS men grab win over CCUThe final score did not accurately reflect how this game was played as Colorado Christian University made a late push to trim the final margin to 73-65 as the University of Colorado Colorado Springs snapped their 10-game losing streak Friday night at the Gallogly Events Center.
February 19, 2012Second chance points spell disaster for UCCSThe University of Colorado Colorado Springs could not shoot their way to victory in this one as they fell to the Adams State Grizzlies 89-74 Friday night at the Gallogly Events Center.
February 18, 2012Mountain Lion's drop game to UNK despite effort from Darby, PardnerThe University of Colorado Colorado Springs men’s basketball team played the second leg of their Nebraska road trip on Saturday night against the University of Nebraska-Kearney Lopers at the Health and Sports Center.
Visit our Facebook pageVisit the UCCS Mount Lion's Twitter pageVisit the UCCS Mountain Lions Youtube pageVisit UCCS Rss feeds