December 31, 2011

Rangers Celebrate New Year’s with Thrilling Win over Colorado Mesa

Denver, Colo.: (By Dylan Docker) The Regis men ended 2011 on a high note Saturday night at the Regis Fieldhouse, defeating Colorado Mesa by a score of 60-58. With the win over the visiting Mavericks (7-5, 5-3 RMAC), the Rangers (4-7, 1-6 RMAC) snapped their six-game losing streak and picked up their first RMAC victory of the year.

The Rangers have competed well in the first half as of late, and Saturday night was no exception. The Mavericks built a six-point lead in the first 10 minutes, but that would be their largest of the night. From there Regis got to work, posting a 19-6 run to take a seven point lead. Senior guard Lance Korell paced the Rangers with three three-pointers and 13 total points during the run.

Regis maintained control with 12 points off turnovers and 17 points from the bench to bring a 29-25 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Mavericks kept things interesting as both teams exchanged buckets in the early minutes of the second half. Colorado Mesa trimmed the Regis lead to one at the 10 minute mark, but Regis refused to yield control. With the score at 39-38, sophomore forward Jon Conley helped the Rangers pull away with eight points.

Regis eventually built a game-high nine point lead, but a 9-1 Colorado Mesa run brought the home lead back to only one with under a minute to play. However, the Rangers' advantage was preserved by junior guard Dionte Goodlett, who hit three clutch free throws down the stretch to prevent the Mavericks from stealing the upset.

The Rangers won by a final score of 60-58. Regis defeated Colorado Mesa for the first time in 15 attempts, a streak that dates back to the 1997-1998 season. The win at home against the Mavericks is the first since the 1987-1988 campaign.

Korell came up big for the Rangers Saturday night, leading the team with 15 total points off the bench. He went 4-8 from the field, 3-6 from three-point range, and 4-4 at the line.

Conley and Weeks each scored in double-digits as well. Conley picked up 14 points while Weeks accounted for 10. Junior forward Demitrius Owens again led the Rangers in total rebounds with six on the night.

The Rangers play their first of four upcoming road games on Friday, January 6 against Colorado Christian University. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m., or approximately 20 minutes after the women's game.