Hot-shot Cougars down CMU men

Colorado Mesa’s men’s basketball team simply couldn’t keep up with Colorado Christian on Friday night.

The Cougars, who have scored more than 100 points four times this season, came up just shy of that, but they made 18 of 37 shots from the 3-point line in a 97-60 RMAC victory in Lakewood.

It’s not that the Mavericks (7-4, 5-2 RMAC) shot poorly, it’s just that the Cougars didn’t miss much. Colorado Mesa shot 45 percent from the field, but took only 42 shots because the Mavericks turned the ball over a season-high 27 times.

Colorado Christian (6-4, 4-2), which shot 49.3 percent from the field, hit 33 of 67 field goal attempts, including all of those 3-pointers.

With Kyle Weaver hitting four of six from the 3-point line in the first half — the Cougars hit 10 from long range in the first 20 minutes — Colorado Christian raced to a 52-36 halftime lead.

“I think Coach (Doug) Schakel used to tell me, two games a year you’re gonna play out of your mind, really good, and that’s really not your team, and two games you’re going to play really bad, and that’s not your team,” CMU coach Andy Shantz said.

“I think that happened to both teams tonight, on the positive side for them and the negative side for us.”

Avery Redmond scored a game-high 28 points, including going 5 of 6 from the 3-point line.

“They played really hard, and we didn’t take care of the ball, and that led to some easy baskets,” Shantz said. “In the first half we were trying to chase their three top scorers off the 3-point line, and I think they made nine in the first half, so we didn’t do a good job there.”

Ryan Stephan and Mike Melillo each had a double-double for the Mavs, who play No. 15 Colorado School of Mines tonight. Stephan finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Melillo had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Down 22 points midway through the first half, the Mavericks cut the deficit to 43-33 on a 3-pointer by Landon Vermeer, but couldn’t get any closer.

“You just hope to catch them on a night they’re not shooting well,” Shantz said. “The ones they hit early were really tough jump shots deep over (outstretched) hands, and it just sparked them and got them into a rhythm, and from there it rolled downhill, and we couldn’t stop them.”


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