Turnovers Haunt Diggers In 74-58 Loss To No. 1 Metro State
DENVER – Top-ranked Metro State capitalized on 21 Colorado School of Mines turnovers to turn back the upset-minded Orediggers by a score of 74-58 on Sunday evening at the Auraria Event Center in Denver.
Sunday's contest finalized a nearly 48-hour delay of the game's completion after Mines' (11-10, 8-9 RMAC) junior center Trevor Wages brought an abrupt end to Friday's game when he broke the backboard on a dunk with 6:44 remaining in the first half.
The game began with Metro State holding a 21-16 lead that was carried over from Friday evening, and the Roadrunners (21-0, 17-0 RMAC) quickly turned that into a 14-point lead at 37-23 as the teams entered halftime.
Metro State would get up by as much as 15 during the first part of the second half and still held a 10-point lead at 57-47 with 7:11 to play.
Mines then mounted a run of its own, led by six points during the stretch by junior Luke Meisch, to cut the MSU lead to 59-55 with 4:37 to go.
That would be as close as the squad would get as Metro State closed out the game on a 15-to-4 run to keep its season record unblemished, and capture a regular-season sweep in the series.
MSU recorded a 27-to-8 advantage on points off turnovers and also dominated the paint for a 36-to-20 margin in points. Mines' 21 turnovers was the second-highest amount by the team this season (Black Hills State, 23).
Meisch led the Orediggers with game highs in points (21) and rebounds (11) for his fifth double-double of the season and his second over the last three games.
He finished 5-of-10 from the floor, 1-of-4 from the perimeter and 10-of-12 from the foul line while also tying for the team lead with three assists.
Wages finished with 13 points and five rebounds on a 4-of-8 shooting effort, including a 5-of-8 line from the charity stripe.
Brian Muller added 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including a 2-of-3 mark from the perimeter.
The squad will stay back out on the road next weekend with matchups at Black Hills State on Friday and Chadron State on Saturday.