Regis Men Run Record to 2-0 with 89-76 Defeat of Kansas Wesleyan
Denver, Colo.: Win number 499 didn't come as easy as Regis head coach Lonnie Porter had hoped but in the end the Rangers came away with the 89-76 victory over Kansas Wesleyan in the finale of the Regis/Colorado Mines Thanksgiving Classic.
Regis, now 2-0 on the young season, shot 55 percent from the field but was bested by Kansas Wesleyan (2-6) who hit on 63 percent, including 68 percent in the second half.
Kansas Wesleyan started off the game with a bang, leading for the first six minutes. However, the Rangers would respond. Trailing 15-12 with 14:43 remaining in the first half, Regis went crazy scoring the next 13 points to take a 25-15 lead with 9:45 remaining. Senior Matt Rosinski scored nine of the Rangers 13 points on his way to a game-high 27 points.
Kansas Wesleyan trailed by 11 points at half and was able to cut the lead to four points, 51-47, with 15:08 remaining in the game. However, that would be as close as the Coyotes would be able to get and Regis hit their free throws down the stretch again to walk away with the 89-76 victory.
After hitting just one three pointer on Friday night, Regis was able to go 6-for-8 including 3-for-3 by junior guard Stevie Ledesma. Ledesma put in 19 points while also dishing out six assists and collecting five steals. Ledesma played all 40 minutes in the game.
Fellow junior guard Curtis Mitchell also had six assists and five steals and chipped in with 12 points. Juniors Matt Busch and Jordan Martinez-Dublin each had 10 points with Martinez-Dublin helped the Rangers to 25 assists with eight helpers of his own.
Regis forced Kansas Wesleyan into 22 turnovers while just turning the ball over eight times themselves.
Regis will head into conference action next weekend as they host Ft. Lewis on Friday night at 5:00 p.m.
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