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February 25, 2012

Second Half Foul Shooting Lifts No. 3 Mines Past CSUP, 71-66

PUEBLO – Visiting and third-ranked Colorado School of Mines used a strong rebounding advantage and an edge at the foul line to earn a 71-66 victory over CSU-Pueblo on Friday evening at Massari Arena in Pueblo.

The Orediggers (23-2, 19-2 RMAC), who came in ranked eighth nationally with a +7.4 rebounding margin, posted a 35-to-20 boards advantage on Friday evening. That strong rebounding margin allowed Mines to post an 11-to-2 advantage on second chance points during the matchup.

With the win, Mines sets a new school record for conference wins in a season with 19 and the squad is now just two wins shy of tying the school record for overall wins (25) that was set by last season's RMAC Championship and NCAA Tournament squad. 

Mines battled through 10 tie scores and five lead changes during the game and neither team led by more than six points throughout the entire contest. 
With the game tied at 63-all with 1:04 to go, junior Brett Green buried his second 3-pointer of the ballgame to push CSM up 66-63. Green would score six points over the final 1:04 and the team as a whole would make 17-of-19 foul shots in the second half. 

Senior Dale Minschwaner led the team with 19 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor, including a 7-of-10 effort from the foul line. He tied for the team lead with seven rebounds and added three assists, a block and a steal in 32 minutes of action.

Fellow senior Chris Goutama had a very efficient night on the floor with 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including 2-of-3 from downtown and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. He added two assists and two steals in 34 minutes of action.

Green and Trevor Ritchie rounded out the four Orediggers in double figures with 11 points apiece. Ritchie finished 5-of-11 from the field while tying for the team lead with seven rebounds. He added a team-high four assists as well.

Green has now scored in double figures in 24-of-25 ballgames for Mines this season, and finished 2-of-7 from the field, 2-of-5 from 3-point land and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. He also led the team with 35 minutes on the floor.

Mines will go for conference win number 20 tomorrow when they travel to face UC-Colorado Springs at 7:30 p.m.

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