Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind

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Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind

Skyhawks’ men’s basketball season ends on its fifth loss this season by five points or less
No. 2 Mines advances to the Shootout championship

PUEBLO – The No. 2 team in the nation got a scare early on, but a late run propelled Colorado School of Mines past Nebraska-Kearney 82-62 on Friday in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout men’s semifinal Friday at the Colorado State Fair Events Center.
The two teams were tied at 43 a little more than five minutes into the second half, but the top-seeded Orediggers outscored No. 4 seed UNK 39-19 the rest of the way to advance to Saturday’s final.
Luke Meisch came off the bench to lead the Orediggers with 18 points, and Dale Minschwaner added 16.
Ethan Brozek had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Lopers, and Tyler Shields had 14 and Max Froelich 12.
rowens@durangoherald.com

RMAC Shootout

Division II Men’s Basketball
Feb. 28-March 3
Quarterfinals
Tuesday, Feb. 28
No. 1 Colorado Mines 90, No. 8 Western State 57
No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney 86, No. 5 Chadron State 63
No. 6 Fort Lewis 77, No. 3 Adams State 73, OT
No. 7 Colorado Mesa 67, No. 2 Metro State 63, OT

FINAL FOUR
March 2-3
Colorado State Fair Events Center, Pueblo
Semifinals
Friday, March 2
No. 1 Colorado Mines 82, No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney 62
No. 7 Colorado Mesa 65, No. 6 Fort Lewis 62
Championship
Saturday, March 3
No. 1 Colorado Mines vs. No. 7 Colorado Mesa, 3 p.m.
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Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind

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Matt Billups scored a team-high 20 points in his final game at Fort Lewis College. Colorado Mesa, the No. 7 seed at the RMAC Shootout, beat No. 6 FLC 68-65 on a late 3.
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