Mavericks lose in overtime to Adams State

Colorado Mesa’s men’s basketball team forced overtime on the road, but couldn’t finish.

Adams State held on for an 87-82 victory on Friday night at Plachy Hall in Alamosa.

The Mavericks (13-12, 11-10 RMAC) can finish no higher than sixth place in the RMAC. Mesa will play an RMAC Shootout first round game Tuesday on the road. Mesa closes the regular season tonight at Fort Lewis.

“We can’t get a home (tournament) game now,” CMU coach Andy Shantz said. “We’re going to have to play a good team on the road. (Tonight) will still be a big game for us. Fort Lewis is our rival. We beat them pretty good at our place so I’m sure they’ll be ready to play.”

Mesa junior guard Jerry Duckworth hit a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left to give the Mavericks a 70-68 lead, but Adams State’s Julian Scott scored on an offensive rebound with 25 seconds left to tie the game.

Mesa point guard Joe Kiely missed a layup with one second left, sending the game into overtime.

In overtime, Mesa struggled to make a shot, hitting four of 13 attempts from the floor.

“We definitely had our opportunities,” Shantz said. “We couldn’t finish plays late, but I think we lost the game in the first five minutes. Their pressure bothered us.”

Adams State (16-9, 12-9 RMAC) relied on its pressure defense to build an early 13-4 lead. The Grizzlies forced Mesa into 20 turnovers for the game.

“The big thing was turnovers,” Shantz said. “We’ve been taking care of the ball lately, but tonight their pressure bothered us at times.”

The Mavericks chipped away at Adams State’s lead and eventually tied the game 30-30 on Landon Vermeer’s 3-pointer with 37 seconds left in the first half.

Justin Kauffman hit a 3-pointer with nine seconds left to give the Grizzlies a 33-30 halftime lead.

Vermeer hit a 3-pointer early in the second half to give Mesa its first lead, 39-38, but the Mavericks would lead by no more than two points the rest of the night.

Ryan Stephan led Mesa with 18 points. Vermeer scored 16, Jon Orr had 12 and Duckworth added 11.

Mesa shot 46 percent from the floor for the game.

“We shot the ball good all day,” Shantz said. “Then we get to overtime and we didn’t hit. Plus, we hard a hard time keeping them off the (free-throw) line.”

The Grizzlies shot 33 free throws, making 72.7 percent.

Vermeer, Duckworth and Clay Kame fouled out for the Mavericks.


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