Mavericks overcome yelling fans in Pueblo
The Colorado State University-Pueblo student body tried to rattle Michael Dominguez and the Mesa State College men’s basketball team.
The students, though, didn’t have much luck.
One night after scoring 37 points and hitting a game-winning shot against New Mexico Highlands, Dominguez scored 30 points to lead the 17th-ranked Mavericks to a 78-64 victory over CSU-Pueblo on Saturday night at Massari Arena in Pueblo. Michael Bear and Brian Kenshalo added 12 each for Mesa (15-1, 9-0 RMAC).
“This was as tough a weekend as I can remember in the RMAC,” Mesa State coach Jim Heaps said. “We played two teams at tough places that are well-coached and play hard. They played two different styles. It is hard to make adjustments from Friday to Saturday. The kids did a great job executing what I asked them to do.
“We gave up a run at the start of the second half, but I think it took so much energy for them to get back.”
Dominguez hit a 3-pointer to give Mesa the lead with 11:14 left in the first half. He hit 7 of 8 shots and had 17 points by halftime.
“He really played well this weekend,” Heaps said. “It’s funny to me. The students were getting on him from the start. He likes that kind of challenge. He likes that situation.”
Mesa shot 66.7 percent from the floor in the first half and hit 8 of 12 3-pointers.
“We shot the ball really well in the first half,” Heaps said. “We got up 16, they cut it back to six and we got it back up to nine at half. It was important to be up nine at half. I knew they would make a run.”
The ThunderWolves (10-6, 5-4 RMAC) went on a 16-7 run to start the second half and tie the game 52-52 with 13:47 left.
Dominguez, Jase Herl, Sean Flohr and Kenshalo subbed back in and led Mesa on an 14-2 run to go up 66-54 with 4:56 left, putting the game away.
Three players scored in double figures for Mesa State, but it wasn’t enough.
Colorado State University-Pueblo pulled away late in the first half and held on to defeat the tired Mavericks 65-56 at Massari Arena in Pueblo.
Meagan Selvidge led Mesa State (4-10, 3-6 RMAC) with 14 points. Katie Cupp had 12 with eight rebounds and Courtney McCaig added 12 points.
Mesa hung with the ThunderWolves until the last two minutes of the first half when CSU-Pueblo went on a 10-0 to take a 30-21 halftime lead.
The ThunderWolves (12-5, 8-1 RMAC) pushed the lead to double figures early in the second half, but Mesa got it back to single digits and kept it there until Kami Dahlberg hit a 3-pointer with 3:39 left for a 60-49 lead.
Rachel Espinoza led CSU-Pueblo with 23 points. Caitlyn Jewell had 10.