Orediggers prove worthy of national ranking in win
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."
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