Grizzly men fall at CSU-Pueblo
PUEBLO, Colo.— Senior guard Rome Smith hit four 3-pointers and scored 22 points as the Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves had four players score in double figures while holding the Adams State College Grizzlies to a 34.5 percent (19-55) shooting effort en-route to a 71-52 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win, Friday night here in Massari Arena.
The ThunderWolves, who hit 8 of 21 3-point attempts (38.1 percent) as a team, shot 48.0 percent (24-50) from the field, as Marc Williams, Roman Van Allen and Jake Trahern each scored 10 points. Jordan Surratt also chipped in seven assists without committing a single turnover as the Pack improved to 9-9 overall and to 6-4 in RMAC play.
The Grizzlies, who slipped to 4-14 overall and to 1-9 in the loop, received a team-high 11 points from Nate Ingbretson (Castle Rock, Colo.) and a solid 10-point, 9-rebound effort from Eric Miller (Aurora, Colo.). Ingbretson also recorded seven rebounds.
However, the tough CSU-Pueblo defense limited the Grizzlies to a 7.7 percent (1-13) shooting effort from beyond the arc and came up with eight steals throughout the night. The ThunderWolves also swatted away seven shots.
The Grizzlies never led although the game was tied at 8, six minutes in after Vitor de Zoppa (Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil) capped a 5-0 Grizzly run that evened the score.
However, Mario Balinton then started a 17-3 ThunderWolf run over the next six minutes that put the margin in double figures for the time being and the rest of the game.
The ThunderWolves shot at a 50.0 percent (13-26) clip from the field in the first half and led by a 34-21 margin at the break. The Grizzlies missed all nine of their first half 3-points.
Things were fairly even in the second half as the ThunderWolves cooled to a 45.8 percent (11-24) shooting effort while the Grizzlies warmed to a 35.7 percent (10-28) clip after hitting just 9 of 27 (33.3 percent) shots from the field in the first half.
The two teams will meet again in just two weeks on Feb. 14 in Plachy Hall. The Grizzlies, who will be playing their final home game that night, have won three straight at home over CSU-Pueblo.
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