Briefs: Mesa State Roundup November 23, 2008
Sean Flohr hit all five 3-pointers he took in the first half Saturday night, sparking the Mesa State College men’s basketball team to their first win of the season, 83-52 over Caldwell (N.J.) College in the Mines Tipoff Classic.
“Sean got hot in the first half and that was a huge boost,” Mesa State associate head coach Andy Shantz said. “We were up 13 at half (44-31) and carried it over to the second half. They executed and did a good job all the way.”
The Mavericks (1-2) were able to deny Caldwell’s inside game by taking away passing lanes and frustrating the Cougars (1-3), who got only 12 points from its starting front line.
“They’re a post-oriented team and we got in the gaps and they had a hard time getting it into the post,” Shantz said. “They got a little out of sync. They started forcing things. Our style of play fit that team a little bit.”
Flohr finished with 17 points and four other players scored 10 each, Kurt Bangle, Ryan Mathews, Jase Herl and Jake Swartzendruber.
The Mavs’ bench provided 47 points.
Herl had seven rebounds and Swartzendruber six.
Mesa State shot 50 percent from the field and held Caldwell to 35 percent shooting.
The Mavs’ home debut is at 8 p.m. on Friday against Colorado College in the Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Classic. Saturday night, the Mavs play Johnson & Wales.
For the second consecutive night, the Mavericks fell into an early hole and couldn’t recover, losing 92-70 to Angelo State (Texas) in the Fort Lewis Classic.
The Rambelles (1-4) built a 25-point lead in the first half and never looked back. Angelo State shot 52.2 percent from the floor, outrebounded Mesa by 12 and limited the Mavericks to 37.3 percent shooting.
“We played harder in the second half, but we have trouble putting the ball in the hole,” Mesa State coach Timi Brown said. “We’re getting good shots, but the shots are not falling for us.
“For some reason in the first half, we did not defend at all.”
Ann Parks led the Rambelles with 17 points and seven rebounds. Christie Rasmussen added 13 points.
Freshman Aliana Brennan (Central) led the Mavericks (0-2) again with 16 points. Fruita Monument graduate Erin Richardson had 12 points and a team-high six rebounds. Hannah Breidel added 10 and Stephanie Delgado scored nine.
Brennan, who led Mesa in scoring in both games, was selected to the all-tournament team.
Mesa State hosts Johnson & Wales and Dominican (Calif.) University in the Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Tip-Off this weekend at Brownson Arena.