November 30, 2007
Jackets’ Skid Continues
NAMPA, Idaho – Kyle Pape’s 24 points lifted Colorado School of Mines to a 114-70 win Friday over the Montana State Billings men’s basketball team in the first of two neutral games at the Shiloh Inn & Suites Classic hosted by Northwest Nazarene. The Jackets remain winless at 0-6, while the Orediggers improved to 4-1.
The Yellowjackets kept the Diggers’ lead in check until a jumper by Levi Hamilton with 11:07 left in the first half of play pushed CSM’s lead into the double-digits. MSUB would trail the remainder of the game falling by 44.
The Jackets’ Aaron Terry (Moreno Valley, Calif.) who has led the MSUB in scoring all season was kept at bay by the Orediggers’ defense allowing him just 11 points, nine of which came in the first half. CSM was unable to stop the freshman duo of John Brooks (Perris, Calif.) and Cameron Khoury (Alta Loma, Calif.) as each netted a career-high 25 and 20 points respectively. Both Brooks and Khoury combined for nine of the Jackets’ 11 three-pointers in the game. Brooks also nabbed a career-high three steals in the game.
As a team the Yellowjackets showed signs of its usual hot three-point shooting hitting 11-of-23 for 48 percent. Struggling at the free throw line, MSUB shot just 41 percent connecting on nine of 22 attempts. The Jackets turned the ball over 17 times and were out-rebounded by the Orediggers 45-28.
Pape drilled a game-high six three-pointers en route to his 24 points. Pape was 8-of-18 from the floor. Four other Diggers scored in double figures. Ben Mohr posted a big double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds, while Grant Agee notched 22 points as he knocked down five three-pointers.
The Diggers were 44-of-79 from the floor and 15-of-31 from the perimeter. CSM made the most of their turns at the charity stripe hitting a perfect 11-of-11. The Orediggers turned the ball over nine times but managed 11 steals in the game.
The Yellowjackets wrap up their road trip to Northwest Nazarene with a neutral game against Colorado Christian University on Saturday, December 1. Game time is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PST.
The Jackets are gearing up to host cross town rival Rocky Mountain College on Monday, December 17th in the first of a four-game home stand. Tip off is set for 7:00 p.m. at Alterowitz Gymnasium. Visit the Yellowjackets’ athletics website at www.msubillings.edu/athletics to link to live video streaming, free live stats, and free internet radio broadcast. All features will be provided for each MSU Billings home basketball game.