Regis Men's Basketball Pushes Metro State to the Brink in the 2010-11 Finale
Denver, Colo.: The Regis men's basketbal team finished their season by pushing cross-town rival Metro State to the brink before falling 75-65. The Rangers led wire-to-wire in the first half but an 8-0 run to begin the second half was the difference in the game.
Regis finishes the season with a 6-20 record and a 3-19 RMAC record struck early and often beginning with a three pointer by junior Lance Korell on the Rangers first possession. The Rangers opened up a 10-point lead on a three pointer by senior Curtis Mitchell with 4:35 remaining in the first stanza.
Metro State which goes into the RMAC as the #2 seed finishes the regular season with a 20-6 overall record including 16-5 in the conference. The Roadrunners were able to cut the halftime lead to four. The Rangers were able to keep it close and cut the lead to just 65-62 following two free throws by senior Stevie Ledesma.
Unfortunately for the Rangers they would not score again for over three minutes until Ledesma hit a jumper and was fouled with just 47 seconds remaining to close the gap to 69-65 following the completion of the three-point play. That would be the last points the Rangers scored and Metro State sealed the victory hitting 6-for-6 at the foul line the rest of the way.
Regis connected on 14-of-15 from the free throw line but were done in by getting outrebounded by the taller Metro State team 37-16 including allowing 14 offensive rebounds, which led to 20 second chance points.
Mitchell led the way for Regis with 17 points, while junior Lance Korell chipped in with 15 points. Junior Chris Johansen also scored in double figures with 14 points, while Ledesma had 10 points. Freshman Jon Conley came off the bench to grab a team-high five rebounds.