Briefs: Mesa State Sports Roundup February 07, 2009

Mavs use offense, defense to defeat Adams State

The Mesa State College men’s basketball team put a productive offense together with its defense.

The result was a 78-61 RMAC victory over Adams State on Friday night at Plachy Hall in Alamosa. Mesa State (11-9, 8-4 RMAC) is on a five-game winning streak heading into tonight’s game at Fort Lewis.

The Skyhawks (17-6, 8-4 RMAC) fell to Western State
70-60 at home.

“We played much better, especially offensively,” Mesa State associate head coach Andy Shantz said. “We’ve had a hard time shooting the ball a little bit. We did a good job again tonight (on defense).”

The Mavericks, who shot 54.8 percent from the floor, scored their most points in six games and did it with a relatively quiet Ryan Mathews.

The senior guard was limited to 11 points, including two in the first half.

Instead, Sean Flohr paced Mesa with a season-high 22 points. He hit 6 of 10 3-pointers, including five in the first half as the Mavericks took a 34-24 halftime lead.

“Flohr played fantastic,” Shantz said. “He gave us a boost off the bench. His five 3-pointers in the first half gave us a cushion.

“Ryan has carried us for such a long time. When other guys struggling, we need him. Hopefully, this will get Sean going.”

Adams State (4-16, 1-11 RMAC) closed the gap to three points midway through the second half, but Mesa pulled away, hitting 18 of 19 free throws in the second half.
Women’s Basketball

Adams State rallied to force overtime, then defeated the Mavericks 80-78.

Mesa State (4-16, 1-11 RMAC), looking for its first road win of the season, led most of the game and had a five-point lead with 1:04 left in regulation.

“I’m very proud of the team,” Mesa State coach Timi Brown said. “We played tremendously hard. They upped their intensity and we didn’t quite match it. Free throws hurt us down the stretch. They’ve also been in a couple overtime games. In those moments experience helps you out.”

Hannah Breidel led the Mavericks with a career-high 29 points. She hit 8 of 12 3-pointers, including 6 of 7 in the first half as Mesa led 48-41. Stephanie Delgado and Abby Hancock each scored 13 and Heather Habekost added 12.

Mesa shot 48.6 percent in the first half, but were limited to 26.9 in the second half and 38.8 for the game. The Mavs had a season-high 21 assists and a season-low eight turnovers.

“Breidel shot the ball really well, Delgado played well and Abby did a good job,” Brown said. “We had four players in double figures. That’s selfless basketball. Things are starting to click a little bit. We’re right there, but we’re very young. We can definitely play with people, matter of being confident.”

Baseball

Mesa State rallied from an 8-2 deficit to defeat Grand Canyon 16-11 in the Mavericks’ season opener in Phoenix.

The No. 27 Mavericks (1-0) scored four runs in the seventh inning to take a 9-8 lead. Senior designated hitter Corey Todhunter hit his second home run of the game to tie the score, then senior center fielder Justin Little tripled home the go-ahead run.

Todhunter was 3 for 4 with three RBI. Matt Bodenchuk was 4 for 6 with two RBI in his first Mesa State game since 2007, Mike Provencher was 3 for 6 with one RBI and junior transfer Austin Buck was 2 for 56 with two RBI.


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