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November 18, 2012

UNK Uses 3-Pointers To Upset No. 13 Mines, 75-72

KEARNEY, Neb. – Despite a 50-to-16 points in the paint advantage, the No. 13 Colorado School of Mines men's basketball team was upset by home-standing Nebraska-Kearney by a score of 75-72 on Sunday afternoon in Kearney, Neb. 

Mines (1-1) dominated the inside throughout the game and posted a higher shooting percentage (47.6-to-42.1), but the Orediggers missed all seven of their 3-point attempts while UNK (2-3) knocked in 10-of-25 attempts from long range (40.0 percent).

The offense was led by Brian Muller and Trevor Wages with 17 points apiece. Muller finished 5-of-14 from the floor while adding five assists, four steals and a 7-of-7 effort from the foul line. 

Wages posted his 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting in addition to adding nine rebounds and a block, while Luke Meisch added 14 points and a career and game-high 15 rebounds. Meich finished 6-of-15 from the field while adding four assists and a block. 

Nico Mucci posted 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting in addition to a pair of assists, and Trey Winbush added eight points, three steals and an assist on 4-of-8 shooting. 

Mines took a three-point lead into the break at 40-37 but it took UNK just over a minute and a half to tie up the score when the second half began.

The squad traded points and possessions throughout the first part of the second half, with neither team able to mount a lead of more than two points until UNK got a Drew Sankey layup with 7:45 showing on the clock to take a three-point lead at 60-57. 

The Lopers built their lead to as much as seven points at 70-63 with 3:23 to go, but a perfect 3-for-3 effort from the foul line by Muller with 30 seconds remaining left Mines down just two points at 72-20. 

A pair of free throws by Jon Henderson with 12 seconds remaining pushed the Loper lead to 74-70, before Muller knocked in two of his own with eight seconds remaining to trim the lead to 74-72. 

Pierre Newton added another free throw for UNK with six seconds remaining and Mines would be unable to get off a game-tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer, securing the 75-72 home victory for UNK. 

The Orediggers will return to action on Friday, November 23, with a matchup against Dallas Baptist at Lockridge Arena in Golden. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. 

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