Mines Falls In RMAC Opener To WNMU, 77-66
SILVER CITY, N.M. – Visiting Colorado School of Mines recorded an uncharacteristic 15 turnovers while shooting just 38.3 percent from the field in falling to Western New Mexico by a 77-66 final in the RMAC opener for both squads on Friday evening at Drag's Court.
Mines (3-2, 0-1 RMAC) shot just 26.3 percent (5-of-19) from the perimeter, including a 1-for-8 effort in a 32-point first half.
Sophomore Brian Muller led the team with 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting from the floor, including a 3-of-10 effort from the perimeter while recording four rebounds and two steals in 32 minutes of action.
Junior Luke Meisch was the only other Oredigger in double figures with 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting from the field while adding six rebounds. Freshman Garrett Loew and junior Nico Mucci added seven points apiece, while junior Trevor Wages finished with five points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Mustangs pounded the ball inside all night to the tune of a 34-to-26 points in the paint advantage, while Mines held advantages in second chance points (14-to-5) and fast break points (14-to-8).
The Orediggers, who entered the game leading the RMAC in both points per game and field goal percentage, found themselves in a five-point deficit at halftime after WNMU (2-3, 1-0 RMAC) ended the first half with a 37-32 lead.
The game featured five tie scores and six lead changes, but the Mustangs controlled the game throughout the second half - pushing their lead to as much as 18 points in the second stanza – before finishing with a 77-66 victory to open conference play.
The Orediggers will continue their two-game road swing through New Mexico with a matchup against New Mexico Highlands on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Las Vegas, N.M.