Briefs: Mesa State Roundup November 22, 2008

Mesa men’s team plagued by turnovers in loss to William Jewell


Turnovers and poor execution Friday night sent the Mesa State College men’s basketball team to an 81-59 loss to William Jewell (Mo.) College in the Mines Tipoff Classic in Golden.

Mesa State (0-2) committed 23 turnovers, but 16 in the first half, allowing the Cardinals (4-0) to build a 43-20 lead.

“Obviously we didn’t play well, but 16 turnovers in the first half, that was kind of the game,” Mesa State associate head coach Andy Shantz said. “Bad turnovers. We couldn’t catch it, couldn’t dribble it, couldn’t pass it.”

Jase Herl scored 11 points to lead the Mavericks, who play Caldwell (N.J.) College at 5 today. Caldwell lost to Colorado School of Mines 81-56.

Andre Carter had eight points and Jake Swartzendruber seven, both off the bench.

William Jewell shot 54 percent from the field, Mesa State 41.

The last time Mesa State led was four minutes into the game, 7-5, before William Jewell went on a 30-8 run over the next 11 minutes to lead 35-15.

“We’ve got to get better (tonight),” Shantz said. “It’s hard to imagine we’ll play that bad again.

“The good thing about basketball is we don’t have to wait a week to play. We’ll get back out there tomorrow night and hopefully we’ll show we’re not the team we showed tonight.”


With less than two minutes remaining, the Mavericks turned the ball over, committed a foul and blew a lead in their season opener.

Oklahoma Panhandle State defeated Mesa State 65-60 in the Fort Lewis Classic in Durango.

“I thought we had it (won),” Mesa State coach Timi Brown said. “We did everything right (leading up to the turnover and foul). We’ve got to play more aggressive. They had 26 free throws to our five.”

Two players scored in double figures for the Aggies (1-2), led by Kariz Bioni, who had 20.

Mesa freshman Alaina Brennan led the Mavericks (0-1) with 14 points. Sophomore Hannah Breidel scored 11 and senior Abby Hancock had nine.

“Alaina did a great job at (point guard),” Brown said. “We all know she’s a competitor. Hannah shot the ball well and (freshman Ashley) Davis played hard.”

Panhandle State built a 15-point lead in the first half and led by six at halftime.

“We didn’t come out ready to play,” Brown said. “We subbed out. Our three freshmen got us back in the game. We need our upperclassmen to step up and play.”

Mesa plays Angelo State (0-4) at 4 p.m. today in the Fort Lewis Classic. The Rambelles lost to Fort Lewis 87-61.


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