HELENA, Mont. – The Grizzly men’s basketball team wrapped up its trip to the Carroll Classic on Friday night, riding a combined 42 points from seniors Deray Wilson (Anchorage, Alaska) and Marqus Richards (Los Angeles, Calif.) to a 96-77 victory over the Rocky Mountain (Mont.) Bears.
Now, 2-0, the Grizzlies have seen five players reach double figures in both outings this season and have won by an average of 22 points. The Bears, the 2009 NAIA Division I National Champions, fall to 4-3 and have now dropped two straight. ]
The Grizzlies forced 17 first half turnovers en route to 28 in the game, and connected on 21-of-38 (58.3 percent) field goals during that time to take a 49-38 lead at the break despite the Bears’ 6-of-13 (46.2 percent) 3-point effort in the half.
Both Wilson and junior Jack Osborn (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia) scored 12 in the first half. Wilson would go on to score a game-high 26 points, thanks in part to hitting on 3-of-7 from beyond the arc, while ASC would six triples as a team.
In the second half, Richards would join Wilson in leading the ASC offense, as the duo put in 14 apiece in the final 20 minutes of play. Richards hit 7-of-13 second half shots after having taken just one shot in the first half. Richards’ 16 points went nicely with his 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.
After scoring 12 in the first half, Osborn ended the evening with 14 points. Senior Shayar Lee (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored 15, and led the Grizzlies with a 4-of-6 night at the free throw line. Senior Robby Hanzlik (Denver, Colo.) connected on a pair of 3-pointers as he bucketed 11 in the game.
Adams State turned the ball over 26 times itself on Friday, but a stout defensive effort that allowed the Bears to shoot just 43.3 percent (13-of-30) in the second half kept the Grizzlies ahead throughout.
One more non-conference game awaits the Grizzlies before entering their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) on Dec. 2. On Monday night, the Grizzlies will play their first home game of the season, hosting Northern New Mexico at 8 p.m. in Plachy Hall. Adams State handed the Eagles an 89-77 loss in Espanola, N.M., last November behind 21 points from Richards. The match-up will be the first of two between ASC and the Eagles, as the two will meet up again in Espanola on Jan. 25.
Monday’s contest will kick-off a 4-game home stand for the Grizzlies, who will play their first three RMAC games in Plachy Hall, beginning with Colorado State-Pueblo on Friday, Dec. 2. Adams State will also play host to UC-Colorado Springs on Saturday, Dec. 3, and conclude their first home series of the season against Fort Lewis on Saturday, Dec. 10.
Each of the next four ASC match-ups can be followed via live stats, by listening in at www.kspk.com (104.1 FM in Alamosa), or by viewing a video webcast through subscription-based America One.