Briefs: Local Sports Roundup February 01, 2009
MESA STATE BASKETBALL
Mesa State College’s defense limited Western New Mexico to 15-percent shooting in the first half Saturday night as the Mavericks won for their fourth straight game, 61-51 in Silver City, N.M.
Sean Flohr led the Mavericks (10-9, 7-4 RMAC) with 14 points off the bench, hitting all four 3-pointers he attempted. Jake Swartzendruber added 13 points and Jase Herl 10.
Swartzendruber and Herl recorded double-doubles, grabbing a dozen rebounds each. Mesa State outrebounded the Mustangs 44-33.
The Mavs led 22-19 at the break and built the lead to 11 midway through the second half, but turnovers allowed Western New Mexico (8-11, 4-7) to stay in the game.
The Mustangs cut the lead to two, 48-46, on a steal and layup by Devin Stewart.
Ryan Mathews hit a jumper in the lane and Herl sealed the victory with an open 3-pointer with 1:36 to play.
The Mavericks made six straight free throws in the final 47 seconds to remain perfect against the West Division.
For the second consecutive game, the Mesa State College women’s basketball team let a possible road win slip away.
Western New Mexico (7-12, 5-6 RMAC) went on a 10-3 run midway through the second half to defeat the Mavericks 68-54 in an RMAC game in Silver City, N.M.
“When we struggle to shoot the ball, we’ve got to defend,” Mesa State coach Timi Brown said. “We had five turnovers at the end of the first half and finished with 18. It was a four-point game at halftime. We still need to put two halves together.”
Mesa State (4-15, 1-10 RMAC) didn’t make a field goal during a span of 8 minutes, 35 seconds.
Stephanie Delgado led the Mavericks with career highs of 24 points and 15 rebounds.
The Mavs were without Alishea Kelly, who injured her back Thursday and didn’t travel.
Grand Junction defeated Aspen 111-79 in a dual at Orchard Mesa Community Pool.
The Tigers were paced by Kelsey Schlagel, who won the
200-yard individual medley in 2:20.08 and the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:12.09. Noelle DePuey won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:10.00.
Grand Junction also won both of the freestyle relays in the final meet before the district finals this weekend in Durango.
“This was a good meet for us,” Tigers coach Dale Leonhart said. “We had some good swims, especially by our rookies.”