Skyhawks squash a 1st-round ‘bug’

Skyhawks squash a 1st-round ‘bug’

Adams State has no defense for Fort Lewis’ red-hot offense
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Marcus Ayala and Fort Lewis College gave Adams State star Kaimyn Pruitt fits all day long by constantly hounding the player with a smaller, quicker defense. Ayala had a well-balanced game, and Pruitt scored 21 points but was hounded into seven of the Grizzlies’ 23 turnovers.
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Compared to the RMAC Shootout, the basket got bigger for Nick Tomsick in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday in Denver. “The rim felt pretty good (Saturday). The last few games at Metro it’s been really small, so it was good that it kind of opened up (Saturday),” Tomsick said.
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Nick Tomsick, who played his high school basketball just north of Denver at Bloomfield, finished 11 of 17 from the floor, 4 of 6 from 3 and 1 of 2 from the free throw line for a game-high 27 points in the Skyhawks’ 95-73 rout of Adams State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday in Denver.
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Torrey Udall and the Skyhawks attacked a tight defense off the dribble to the tune of a 48-36 advantage in points in the paint. They shot 62.7 percent from the floor in their 95-73 victory, the fifth-best shooting performance in school history.
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Wes McKenzie and the Fort Lewis College Skyhawks liked their view at the rim all day long Saturday in Denver. They shot 62.7 percent from the floor, 50 percent from 3 and 66.7 percent from the line in a blowout victory in the first round of the South Central Regional.
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Fort Lewis College junior guard Nick Tomsick in the second half of the game between the Skyhawks and the Adams State University Grizzlies during the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship for the South Central Region on Saturday afternoon in Denver. STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
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Fort Lewis College junior guard Wes McKenzie in the second half of the game between the Skyhawks and the Adams State University Grizzlies during the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship for the South Central Region on Saturday afternoon in Denver. STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
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Fort Lewis College junior guard Nick Tomsick scores in the second half of the game between the Skyhawks and the Adams State University Grizzlies during the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship for the South Central Region on Saturday afternoon in Denver. Defending is ASU senior guard John Jackson. STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
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Fort Lewis College senior guard Marcus Ayala and Adams State University senior forward/center Kaimyn Pruitt fight for a rebound in the first half of the game between the Skyhawks and the Grizzlies during the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship for the South Central Region on Saturday afternoon in Denver. STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
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Fort Lewis College sophomore center Alex Herrera blocks a shot from Adams State University senior guard Shaheed Young in the second half of the game between the Skyhawks and the Grizzlies during the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship for the South Central Region on Saturday afternoon in Denver. STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
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Fort Lewis College senior center Torrey Udall in the first half of the game between the Skyhawks and the Adams State University Grizzlies during the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship for the South Central Region on Saturday afternoon in Denver. STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
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Fort Lewis College senior guard Marcus Ayala scores in the second half of the game between the Skyhawks and the Adams State University Grizzlies during the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship for the South Central Region on Saturday afternoon in Denver. At left is ASU senior guard Shaheed Yound. STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
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Fort Lewis College junior guard Wes McKenzie scores in the first half of the game between the Skyhawks and the Adams State University Grizzlies during the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship on Saturday afternoon in Denver. STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
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Fort Lewis College senior guard Marcus Ayala looks to pass in the second half of the game between the Skyhawks and the Adams State University Grizzlies during the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship for the South Central Region on Saturday afternoon in Denver. At left is ASU junior guard Colby Joe Hunt. STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
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Fort Lewis College head coach Bob Hofman contests a call in the second half of the game between the Skyhawks and the Adams State University Grizzlies during the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship for the South Central Region on Saturday afternoon in Denver.STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
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Fort Lewis College senior center Torrey Udall, left, and senior guard Matthias Weissl and the rest of the Skyhawks prepare to take on the Adams State University Grizzlies during the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship on Saturday afternoon in Denver. STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
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Fort Lewis College junior guard Mike Matthews in the first half of the game between the Skyhawks and the Adams State University Grizzlies during the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship for the South Central Region on Saturday afternoon in Denver. STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
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South Central Region

Division II College Basketball

NCAA Tournament

March 16-April 7

South Central Regional

March 16-19

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