Denver, Colo.: (By Dylan Docker) The Rangers did not enter RMAC play in the manner they had hoped, dropping Friday night's game to the Western New Mexico Mustangs by a score of 80-56. Regis (3-2, 0-1) struggled to decipher the relentless attack of Western New Mexico (1-3, 1-0), resulting in an early and permanent deficit for the home team.
The Rangers fell behind quickly in the first half, gaining their only lead of the night on a free throw in the opening minutes. From there the Mustangs hit the gas, building a nine-point lead after 10 minutes of play. Regis rallied to tie the score at 28 with an 11-2 run in which senior guard Lance Korell connected for five points with a three-pointer. However, the Mustangs immediately responded with an 11-0 run in a four-minute span to retake the lead. The visitors rode high energy from the bench and momentum on the court to put the Rangers in a 43-33 hole at halftime.
Unfortunately for the Rangers, Western New Mexico was just getting started. The Mustangs pulled away with a mammoth 26-5 run during which they scored 11 unanswered points. Western New Mexico shooters hit on 14-of-30 (46.7%) field goal attempts and controlled the ball with 25 total rebounds in the half. Senior guard T.J. Riley paced the Mustangs in the second half with 14 total points and two steals. Regis junior guard Dionte Goodlett answered with 10 second half points of his own, but it wasn't nearly enough to hold off the visitors.
Goodlett led the Rangers in scoring with 13 total points, hitting 4-of-8 (50.0%) from the field. Senior guard Chris Johansen scored 10 points of his own and rounded out his performance with three total rebounds and a steal.
The Regis University men will play the last of their six-game home series tomorrow night, December 3, against New Mexico Highlands University. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. MST. Regis women's basketball hits the court to take on the New Mexico Highlands women immediately following the men's game.