Jackson's Jumper Pushes Mines Past CCU, 71-69
LAKEWOOD – Led by a career-best 28 points by junior Luke Meisch and a jumper by rookie Ruben Jackson in the waning seconds, the Colorado School of Mines men's basketball team gutted out a 71-69 victory over Colorado Christian on Saturday at the CCU Event Center in Lakewood.
Mines (7-2, 4-1 RMAC) posted a strong 37-to-16 advantage in foul shot opportunities, and the Orediggers converted them at a 78.4 percent clip, including an 18-of-23 (78.3 percent) effort in the second half.
With 3:26 to play, CCU took its first lead of the ballgame on a layup by Josh McBeth to go up 64-63.
Trevor Wages knocked in a pair of free throws with 3:08 to play to put the visitors up front, and a layup by Wages with 1:37 to play pushed Mines' lead to 67-64.
CCU (6-7, 1-4 RMAC) answered on its next time down the floor on a 3-point basket by Kyle Weaver with 50 seconds to play to tie up the game for a fourth time.
Meisch knocked in a pair of free throws with 20 seconds remaining to give Mines back a 69-67 advantage, but Weaver would make a pair of his own with nine seconds remaining to tie up the game for a fifth and final time.
Mines would make the go-ahead bucket with two seconds remaining when Jackson took the inbounds pass, rushed down the floor and buried a jumper in the middle of the paint with a defender in his face for the game winner.
Meisch led the Orediggers with 28 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor, including a 2-of-2 effort from the perimeter. The Wichita, Kan., product did his best work at the foul line, where he knocked in 14-of-15 opportunities. He added eight rebounds, two assists and a block in 37 minutes of action on Saturday.
Wages recorded his fourth-straight double-double, and the fifth of the season, with a 23-point, 11-rebound performance against the Cougars. The Littleton native finished 7-of-13 from the field and 9-of-14 from the foul line while adding a block and a steal in 31 minutes on the court.
Nico Mucci retuned to action from an injury with six points and five rebounds, while Trey Winbush and Jackson added four points apiece on 2-of-3 shooting efforts from the field.
The Orediggers will return to action on Friday, January 4, when the squad travels to Gunnison for a matchup with Western State at 7:30 p.m.