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Mines Tops Yellow Jackets Behind Wages' 20-20 Night, 69-64

GOLDEN – Led by a 26-point, 21-rebound performance by junior Trevor Wages, the Colorado School of Mines men's basketball team overcame 23 turnovers and held off two comeback rallies by visiting Black Hills State to top the Yellow Jackets by a 69-64 final on Saturday evening at Lockridge Arena.

Wages posted a double-double in the second half alone with 20 points and 12 rebounds en route to tying a career high with 21 boards in the contest. He finished 9-of-16 from the floor, including a 7-of-9 effort in the second half, while adding three steals defensively. 

Over his last three contests, the Littleton native is averaging 21.5 points, 15.7 rebounds and a 66.7 shooting percentage while leading the Orediggers to a 3-0 record over the span. 

Junior Luke Meisch added 16 points and eight boards on 5-of-12 shooting from the field while adding three steals defensively. 

Sophomore Brian Muller notched eight points and Ruben Jackson added six on a 2-for-2 effort from the floor and a 2-for-2 shooting line from the charity stripe. 

Mines (6-2, 3-1 RMAC) held the Yellow Jackets (2-6, 1-3 RMAC) without a field goal for the first 12-plus minutes of the ballgame in running out to a 23-3 lead, but BHSU put together a 19-to-5 run throughout the rest of the half to head into the break trailing by a score of 28-22.  

Much like the first half, Mines jumped out to a 17-to-2 run through the first six minutes of the second half to go up by a score of 45-24. The Yellow Jackets continued to claw back into the game – getting as close as 67-64 – but the Orediggers would hold on for the 69-64 victory.

The squad will close out its action in 2012 with a matchup at Colorado Christian on Saturday, December 15, in Lakewood. 

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