Diggers Hold Off Patriots For 90-89 Victory
GOLDEN – Led by 14 second-half points by Brian Muller and Nico Mucci, the Colorado School of Mines men's basketball team overcame a six-point halftime deficit to post a 90-89 victory over visiting Dallas Baptist on Friday evening at Lockridge Arena.
Mines (2-1) was able to shrug off a 41-point effort by Nick Fox of DBU (1-4) in large part to a pair of 19-point performances by Mucci and Trevor Wages. The Orediggers finished 15-of-21 from the foul line while the Patriots were limited to just 11 attempts from the charity stripe – making nine.
Mucci snagged his 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-4 from the foul line, while Wages added six rebounds, six assists, two steals and block while finishing 7-of-12 from the floor.
Muller added 16 points on 5-of-15 shooting while adding three assists and four steals. The sophomore finished 3-of-8 from the perimeter, including a 3-of-5 effort in the second stanza.
True freshman Ruben Jackson added 11 points and four dimes on 5-of-6 shooting, while Luke Meisch and Trey Winbush added nine points apiece, with Meisch finishing second on the team with five rebounds.
A competitive first half featured six tie scores and nine lead changes, with DBU heading into the break with a 48-42 lead.
After recess, Mines trailed by as much as 10 points at 56-46 with 17:53 to play, but needed just under three minutes to tie up the score at 59-59 with 15:09 to go in the game.
DBU held the lead until Mines again tied it up at 67-67 on a 3-point basket by Muller, and from there, the Orediggers began to build their lead. The squad increased it to as much as eight points at 75-67 on a jumper by Mucci with 9:45 to play.
The Orediggers would lead the rest of the way, but found itself in trouble with 41 seconds to go when Fox knocked in a jumper to trim the lead to 90-89 with 41 seconds to play.
A Mines turnover and subsequent timeout with 16 seconds to go gave the Patriots a chance for the win, but a 3-point attempt by Cory Carden found iron, leaving the Orediggers with a 90-89 regional victory.
The squad will return to action on Saturday evening with a 7 p.m. matchup at Lockridge Arena against Haskell Indian Nations University.