Mavs fall to Dixie State in basketball

Dixie State (Utah) College went on a 14-6 run in the second half Saturday night to pull away from the Colorado Mesa University men’s basketball team in a 77-65 win in the final game of the Dixie State Classic.

“They do that well,” said Andy Shantz, the Mavs’ associate head coach. “They’ve got that spurtability. ... I felt we were playing really hard but we ran into a team that can do that and it makes it hard to win.”

Dixie State held CMU center Colton Burgon to nine points, but the Mavs’ 6-foot-9 freshman backup, Ryan Stephan, hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with nine points. Mike Melillo led the Mavs (1-1) with 18 points and Daniel Estes 10.

Mesa failed to convert at the free-throw line, making only seven of 17, and has nearly two weeks before its Clarion Inn Thanksgiving Classic, where it will face the Red Storm again.


The Mavericks made quick work of New Mexico Highlands in a 25-11, 25-20, 25-22 victory in Las Vegas, N.M., then headed home for a quick turnaround before the RMAC tournament begins Tuesday.

Colorado Mesa (17-10) plays top-seeded Colorado School of Mines (23-5) at 
7 p.m. in Golden. Mesa enters on a four-match winning streak, and Saturday got 12 kills from Kelly Regimbal and nine from Rachael Beaty, who also added two stuff blocks.

Mesa hit .273 against Highlands, with 44 kills and only 17 hitting errors. Megan Rush had 10 digs and Jordyn Moody 25 assists.

Swimming & Diving

The Colorado Mesa men’s team won six of 11 events to defeat Adams State 124-71 in an RMAC dual at Plachy Pool in Alamosa.

The Mavericks swept the top three spots in the 1,000-yard freestyle led by Jordan Heggen in 11 minutes, 20.56 seconds.

El Hozzaz Mehdi won the 200 freestyle in 1:47:50, Andy Gibbons won to 50 freestyle in 22.97, Shawn Grace won the 200 butterfly in 2:08.96 and Jakob Matthiessen won the 100 freestyle in 50.43.

The Adams State women took first place in all 11 events for a 138-67 victory over the Mavericks.


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