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January 5, 2013

Western State Snaps Mines' Four-Game Win Streak With 94-63 Victory

GUNNISON – Western State shot 61.1 percent from the perimeter and posted a plus-11 rebounding margin to snap Colorado School of Mines' four-game winning streak with a 94-63 victory on Friday evening at Paul Wright Gym in Gunnison. 

Mines (7-3, 4-2 RMAC) finished with a season low in scoring with 63 points, and its 39.7 percent (23-of-58) shooting effort from the floor is the squad's lowest effort since recording a 38.3 shooting percentage in an early-season loss to Western New Mexico. 

The two-time defending RMAC Champions kept the game close through the first 9:26 of the contest in trailing by just three points at 17-14, but the Mountaineers (6-5, 5-2 RMAC) would embark on a 32-to-12 run through the remainder of the half to head into halftime with a 49-26 lead. 

The Orediggers would not be able to get the deficit below 20 points throughout the remainder of the game in suffering the program's first loss to WSCU since the team fell by a 71-62 final on December 13, 2008.  

Recently named RMAC Athlete of the Month Trevor Wages led the team with 13 points on 3-of-7 shooting from the floor while adding a game-high 14 rebounds to capture his fifth-straight double-double and the sixth of the season. He finished 7-of-9 from the free throw line and added two assists, two blocks and a steal in 27 minutes of action. 

Junior Luke Meisch added 11 points and nine rebounds on a 5-of-10 shooting effort while adding two assists to record his seventh-straight game in double figures for scoring. 

Junior Nico Mucci added nine points and two boards on a 4-of-7 shooting effort while Garrett Loew and Brian Muller added seven points apiece. 

The squad will close out a three-game road swing that started in 2012 with a matchup against Colorado Mesa on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Grand Junction. 

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