Mavs’ road woes continue in loss to Regis
Colorado Mesa was victimized Saturday by another cold-shooting team getting hot.
The Regis men’s basketball team shot 49 percent, including 46.7 percent from the 3-point line, to defeat the Mavericks 82-73 at Regis Fieldhouse in Denver.
Colorado Mesa (8-9, 6-7 RMAC) has lost six of its past seven games and has lost its past five games on the road.
Regis (6-12, 3-10 RMAC) is on a two-game winning streak after losing five in a row.
“They shot the ball well, and they don’t usually shoot it well,” CMU coach Andy Shantz said. “We’re snake bit. Part of it is our defense. You can’t hope they miss. You have to make them miss.”
Regis hit 14 3-pointers on 30 attempts (46.7 percent). Six players hit at least one 3-pointer for Regis. The Rangers entered the weekend shooting 27.9 percent from the 3-point line and averaged five 3-pointers per game.
Four players scored in double figures for the Rangers, led by Corbin Green with 22 points. Kevin Marshall scored 18 points, Mike MacKelvie had 17 and Jarrett Green added 11.
Ryan Stephan led the Mavericks with 24 points and nine rebounds. Carlos Perez scored 14 points and Jerry Duckworth had 12 off the bench. Mike Melillo scored 10.
“We were thin and worn out from the night before (Friday),” Shantz said. “Clay Kame was hurt and couldn’t play. He pulled his hamstring or something.
“I told Coach (Michael) Dominguez (Kame) didn’t take a shot versus Metro, and he played a good game.”
With Kame out, Duckworth had to play more at the point guard position. Duckworth is normally a shooting guard.
“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves,” Shantz said.
Duckworth got the Mavericks off to a good start, hitting three 3-pointers in a 15-5 run for a 24-15 lead midway through the first half. Redshirt freshman Nate Hawley also hit a 3-pointer during the stretch.
Mesa’s nine-point lead, however, was its largest of the game.
The Rangers went on an 11-1 run to take a 28-27 lead with 3-pointers from Green and Marshall. Regis led 40-39 at halftime.
“It was a lot of the same,” Shantz said of the first half. “They hit a lot of 3s. I think they had seven in each half. We need to do a better job defending.”
The teams exchanged leads eight times in the second half and were tied five times.
Regis took the lead for good on Corbin Green’s 3-pointer with 6:25 left for a 67-66 lead. Two possessions later, MacKelvie hit a 3 for a 72-66 lead.
Mesa went nearly six minutes during the stretch without a field goal and was outscored 12-4 during the run by Regis.