Briefs: Mesa State Roundup December 20, 2008
Roadrunners’ pressure defense too much for Mavs to overcome
• For the most part, the Mesa State College men’s basketball team was able to keep within striking distance.
The Mavericks, though, were not able to withstand Metro State’s pressure defense, falling 68-62 in an RMAC game Friday night at the Auraria Events Center in Denver.
“We were focused and ready to play, but we came up short,” Mesa State associate head coach
Andy Shantz said. “We turned it over too much and didn’t shoot the ball well. A lot of that is to their credit. They are big and physical. We attacked the basket, but they’ve got some beasts.
“We did a good job executing sometimes, but we’ve got to play more consistent.”
Metro State (6-2, 2-1 RMAC) forced the Mavericks into 20 turnovers and limited Mesa to 38.8 percent shooting from the floor.
Jake Swartzendruber led Mesa (4-4, 1-2 RMAC) with 20 points and Kurt Bangle added 16 points despite being in foul trouble.
Jesse Wagstaff led Metro with 23 points. He made 15 of 19 free throws and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
Mesa State started off strong, leading most of the first half. The Mavericks led 32-26 at halftime.
“We came out and hit some perimeter shots,” Shantz said. “We really played well (in the first half). We turned it over a little, but when we did it was not on the perimeter so they didn’t get easy baskets.”
The Roadrunners, though, went on a 12-3 run in the second half to take a 38-35 lead, but Mesa regained the lead on a Bangle three-point play, 40-38. Metro regained the lead with 5:36 left on a Nelson Ekeh tip-in and held it the rest of the way.
Metro State forced 21 Mesa turnovers and limited the Mavericks to 35.8 percent shooting in a 62-52 RMAC victory at the Auraria Events Center.
Megan Sinclair led Metro State (3-6, 2-1 RMAC) with 16 points. She made 10 of 14 free throws. Rae Bean added 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Freshman Jennifer Landers led Mesa State (3-6, 0-3 RMAC) with a career-high 16 points and 11 rebounds. Stephanie Delgado had 10 points and Hannah Walsh added eight.
“We played tougher than the score indicated,” Mesa State coach Timi Brown said. “We had to foul down the stretch.
“They didn’t shoot it well either. We played a lot harder. I’m proud of them for that. We need to put effort and concentration together. A breakdown here and there adds ups.”
The Roadrunners built a 13-point lead in the first half and led by eight at halftime by hitting 5 of
Mesa cut the lead to six in the second half, only to see Metro go on an 10-2 run to take a 52-38 lead.