February 4, 2012
Rangers Fight 5th-Ranked Orediggers to the End, Ultimately Fall 75-66
Denver, Colo.: (By Dylan Docker) The Regis men welcomed RMAC first-place and nationally #5 ranked Colorado School of Mines to the Regis Fieldhouse this afternoon. The Rangers (4-16, 1-15 RMAC) battled hard against arguably their toughest opponent of the season, but could not pull off the upset as the Orediggers (18-2, 14-2 RMAC) claimed the 75-66 victory.
Regis proved in the first half that they were not intimidated by their ranked opponent. The Orediggers built a 22-15 lead with eight minutes to play, but the Rangers rode three-pointers from junior forward Demetrius Owens and junior guard Dionte Goodlett
to bring the Rangers back.
Junior guard Breen Weeks
hit a late field goal to tie the score at 30 just before halftime.
With the game up for grabs, both teams came out swinging in the second half. Each squad exchanged baskets like clockwork, leading to a 43-43 tie with 12:21 remaining. From there the Orediggers posted an 18-8 run to take permanent control.
Goodlett picked up 14 points in the second half to keep his team in the game, but the visitors endured the Rangers attack to pick up the 75-66 win.
Goodlett's second half efforts would yield him 18 points on the night, giving him the team lead. He was 6-8 from the free throw line and picked up two steals in 32 minutes of play.
Weeks was a workhorse for the Rangers today, playing 38 minutes and scoring 10 points. Owens also scored in double-digits, picking up 12 points and leading the Rangers with three steals. The two teammates rounded out solid performances with five total rebounds each.
The Rangers return to action Monday, February 6 at the Regis Fieldhouse. Colorado Christian College will be in town to make up Saturday's game, which was postponed due to weather. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.