No. 12 Orediggers Run Past Rangers, 80-56
GOLDEN – A night after topping the No. 1 team in the country, the No. 12 Colorado Mines men's basketball squad kept the momentum going with an 80-56 dismantling of visiting Regis on Saturday evening at Lockridge Arena in Golden.
The Orediggers (12-1, 7-1) did their damage in the paint with a 42-to-20 margin on points by the bucket. CSM's non-starters got in on the action as well, with the Mines bench posting a 33-to-15 advantage over the Regis (4-9, 1-8 RMAC) bench in the matchup.
The Rangers jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead through the first 1:44 of the ballgame, but it's lead would soon diminish with CSM takings its first and final lead, 9-7, on a layup by senior Dale Minschwaner with 15:35 to play in the first half.
CSM outscored the Rangers by a 25-16 through the remainder of the first half to head into the break up 34-23.
The Orediggers came out of halftime with a 13-1 run through the first 6:05 of the second half to go up 47-24, capped off by a 3-point basket by junior Brett Green.
CSM would increase its lead to as much as 32 in the second half en route to claiming the 80-56 home victory.
The Orediggers put 11 players in the scoring column on the night, with Minchwaner leading the way after posting team highs in points and rebounds with 17 and 11, respectively. It was the first double-double of the season for Minschwaner and the 19th of his illustrious CSM career.
Trevor Wages added 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field while adding five rebounds, four blocks four steals and one assist in 20 minutes of action.
Green and Trevor Ritchie contributed 10 points apiece on the night with Green adding two rebounds and two assists and Ritchie chipping in three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Luke Meisch added nine points and six rebounds off the bench to go along with two steals and two assists.
The Orediggers will be in action again next weekend when they travel to face Adams State and Fort Lewis in a pair of RMAC matchups.