Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Grizzlies fall to balanced Mavericks in RMAC slug-fest

ALAMOSA, Colo.- Nate Nelson scored a game-high 18 points and led six Mesa State College players in double figures as the Mavericks claimed a 89-77 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory over the host Adams State College Grizzlies, in a Monday night slugfest inside Plachy Hall.

The Mavericks (8-2, 4-2 RMAC), who have now won four straight, including a Sunday night road win over Preseason RMAC favorite Fort Lewis, shot 55.1 percent (27-49) from the field throughout the evening which featured 65 total fouls and 55 turnovers.

The Grizzlies, who saw a 7-game, multi-season home-court winning streak snapped with the loss, fell to 6-2 overall and to 3-2 in RMAC play.  That streak was started on Feb. 19 with an 87-84 win over the Mavericks, who were ranked 15th in the nation and first in the NCAA Division II Central Region at the time.

Shayar Lee (Phoenix, Ariz.) paced the Grizzlies, Monday with 16 points while Jason West, Jr. (Las Vegas, Nev.), Nate Ingbretson (Castle Rock, Colo.) and Robby Hanzlik (Denver, Colo.) each tallied 11.

Hanzlik also had six assists and was one of four Grizzlies with three steals as the Grizzlies tallied a season-high matching 17, while forcing the Mavericks into 34 total turnovers.

West, Jr. also had three of the Grizzlies' season-high nine blocked shots.  He and Ingbretson both tallied season-high point totals as well.

The Grizzlies' tenacious defense did allow the Grizzlies to cut what was 30-point lead with 10 minutes to go to as little as 10 but was not enough to overcome the Grizzlies' 37.1 percent (26-70) shooting effort from the field nor their 50.0 percent (21-42) effort from the charity stripe.

The Mavericks also went to the line 42 times, thanks to the 35 total Grizzly fouls, and were 73.8 percent (31-42) from the line.

MSC also controlled the rebounding battle, finishing with a 48-31 edge on the glass after giving up just 10 total rebounds to the Grizzlies in the first half.

The Mavericks shot 60.7 percent (17-28) from the field in that half, opening a 43-23 lead at the break thanks to an 11-2 spurt over the stanza's final four minutes.

The Grizzlies then sliced the deficit to 15 in the first 90 seconds of the second half on a Hanzlik 3-pointer and Lee layup but later watched the Mavericks go on a 10-0 run to build a 63-36 lead with 14:40 left.

That lead later grew to as many as 30 and was still 23 points with 6:17 left before the Grizzlies went on a 14-1 run over nearly four minutes to close within 10.

However, the clock eventual ran out on the Grizzlies, who had won all three of their previous home games this season.

The Grizzlies were held to a 7-for-28 (25.0 percent) shooting effort in the first half but saw that percentage go up to 45.2 percent (19-42) in the second.

They were just 4-for-24 (16.7 percent) from 3-point land overall.

The Mavericks were 4-for-9 (44.4 percent) from beyond the arc and received 13-point efforts from Colton Burgon, Lance Fite and Michael Baer.   Blake Francom and Kalonji Paschal were also in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.  Paschal also tallied six assists, sharing game-high honors with Hanzlik.

Chandler Burgon led the Mavericks with nine rebounds while his brother Colton tallied eight more.

The Grizzlies had three players with four boards each.

The Grizzlies are now off until Sunday, Jan. 2 when they will travel to Kearney, Neb. to face the University of Nebraska-Kearney Lopers (5-5, 3-3 RMAC) at 5 p.m. (CST).  That game can be heard in its entirety on KSPK-FM (104.1 in Alamosa) as the second half of a women's and men's doubleheader, which will be aired following the station's coverage of the Denver Broncos' season-finale against the San Diego Chargers.

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