No. 13 Diggers Open Season With 87-83 Double-Overtime Win Over Minot State
GOLDEN – No. 13 Colorado School of Mines needed two extra periods to stop upset-minded Minot State, and the squad used solid free throw shooting down the stretch to post a season-opening, double-overtime 87-83 victory on Saturday evening at Lockridge Arena in Golden.
Mines (1-0) was led during the game by sophomore Brian Muller, who tied a career high with 28 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the floor, 2-of-7 from downtown and a robust 12-of-13 effort from the charity stripe.
Junior Trevor Wages, a Preseason All-RMAC selection, picked up where he left off a season ago with 15 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. He added four blocks before leaving the game in the second overtime with his fifth foul.
Junior Luke Meisch added 12 points and eight boards on 3-of-9 shooting from the field while adding three assists and a block.
Nico Mucci finished 4-of-10 from the floor to notch 12 points while adding four rebounds and redshirt freshman Trey Winbush, making the first appearance of his career, added 12 points, two assists and five boards during the win.
Mines shot just 34.6 percent from the floor in the first half to enter halftime down five points at 35-30.
The Orediggers picked up the offensive pace in the second half with a 53.3 percent shooting effort. With the score tied at 69-69 and six seconds remaining, the Orediggers were forced to settle on a long 3-point attempt by Muller, which missed the mark and pushed the squads into the first extra period for either team this season.
Mines looked to take control in the first overtime after Muller knocked in a pair of free throws to put the squad up 76-73 with 1:13 to play, but a 3-point basket by Dominique McDonald tied up the score at 76-76 and neither team would score the rest of the way to push the game into a second overtime.
A pair of free throws by Meisch tied up the score at 78-78 with 3:11 to play in the second extra period, and a 3-pointer by Muller pushed Mines ahead 81-78 with 1:58 to play. The Orediggers would make their free throws down the stretch to take the 87-83 victory.
The squad will return to action on Sunday, November 18, with a 2 p.m. (Central/1 p.m. Mountain) matchup against Nebraska-Kearney in Kearney, Neb.