CMU Basketball is on a hot streak. Both the Men’s and Women’s teams earned victories over RMAC rivals- Adams State and Fort Lewis College this weekend.
The Lady Mavs topped Fort Lewis Saturday 38-35. The first half was back-and-forth, but in the third the Skyhawks outpaced the Mavericks 13-7. Opening the door to possibly ending the Mavs 12-game winning streak and undefeated run in the RMAC. That was not to be. In the 4th quarter Kylyn Rigsby drained a pair of threes to help give the Mavericks the lead. But a handful of free-throws kept the Skyhawks in the game. Inside the last 30 seconds and with a one point lead, the Mavericks forced a turnover. The Skyhawks were aiming to foul Sydni Brandon, but she ran out valuable seconds by avoiding defenders. By the time Fort Lewis sent her to the free-throw line there were only nine seconds left. Brandon nailed both from the line, extending the Mavericks lead to three. On the inbound the Mavs played smothering defense, knocking the ball out with only two seconds left. After a time-out. the Mavericks D stood pat guarding the three-point line, forcing the Skyhawks to inbound the ball to the paint. A meaningless two point shot attempt fell short, and the Mavs extended their winning streak to 13.
The men’s team also earned a 105-91 win over the Skyhawks. Hardly the defensive battle the Woman’s team faced. In the first half alone, both teams combined to go 13 of 21 from behind the three-point line. For the game, three Mavericks (Georgie Dancer, Tommy Nuno, and Jared Small) scored more than 20 points. Fort Lewis held a 48-45 half-time lead, but a 60 point second-half burst from the Mavericks, helped CMU improve to 12-5 on the season. They still are just within arms reach of the number one spot in the RMAC. Only one win away from tying Dixie St. and Black Hills St. atop the leader board.
Next weekend will be a challenge for both Maverick programs. They go on the road to Utah, to face Dixie St and Westminster. Dixie St. leads the league and sports a 14-3 record on the men’s side, and a 12-5 record on the women’s. Westminster is second only to the Lady Mavs in the RMAC standings.