RMAC Men's Basketball Week 11 Release
Grizzlies to travel to New Mexico for mid-week match-up
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Click here to view the 11th Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) men’s basketball release of the 2011-12 season. Monday’s release includes league standings, RMAC/Baden Players of the Week, recent results, upcoming contests, news & notes from around the league and a look at the polls.
The Grizzlies were on the road in Denver this past weekend to face league rivals Regis and 4th-ranked Metro State. Friday, the Grizzlies shot 56.6 percent (30-of-53) from the field and were led by career-high 17 points to go along with six steals, six assists and two blocks from senior Jamiko Verner (Denver, Colo.). The win was the first on the road for the Grizzlies since Dec. 16 against Western State.
Saturday, ASC took the court in an attempt to earn their second win in as many weekends against a top-10 ranked team, after earning their first ever such win against the then 9th-ranked Orediggers last Friday. The Grizzlies led by seven, 30-23, at halftime, but a layup by RMAC scoring leader Reggie Evans with 10 seconds left in the game gave the Roadrunners a narrow, 52-51, win. The Grizzlies were led by senior Marqus Richards (Los Angeles, Calif.) who scored 15 points, while senior Deray Wilson (Anchorage, Alaska) added 10. The league’s top-ranked Metro State defense stiffened down the stretch, and ASC was held without a field goal for the final 4:30 of play.
Adams State is now tied for third along with Nebraska-Kearney in the RMAC standings at 9-4 in league play while owning a 12-4 overall mark.
The Grizzlies will play just one RMAC game this week, but will take a mid-week trip to Espanola, N.M., where they’ll play their second game of the season against Northern New Mexico. Adams State has met up with the Eagles twice already in second year head coach Louis Wilson’s tenure, dropping the Eagles in Espanola by a 89-77 score on Nov. 16, 2010, and scoring a 113-70 win earlier this season on Nov. 21.
ASC’s 113 points against the Eagles this season ranks second in the program’s NCAA Division II era (1992-93/present) history, and were led by a career-high 23 points from senior Jack Osborn (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia), who is averaging 18.5 points in two career games against NNMU. The Grizzles also set a DII era record with 36 assists in that game, led by 10 from junior Shaheed Young (San Francisco, Calif.).
On Saturday ASC will close out its season series with Fort Lewis, traveling to Durango for a 7:30 p.m. contest. Their Dec. 10 win over the Skyhawks, 67-62, was the first against FLC under coach Wilson, and was paced by 17 points from Richards as well as a five steal, nine assist night from Verner.
Fort Lewis is tied for fifth in the league standings with a 9-8 overall record while sitting at 7-6 in league play. The Skyhawks earned a split over the weekend, and topped the Rangers, 83-56, Saturday.
Grizzly fans can catch both contests via live stats (Wednesday stats & Saturday stats) as well as on the radio at www.kspk.com (104.1 FM in Alamosa). Additionally, Saturday’s game against Fort Lewis will be available to watch through subscription-based America One.