DENVER, Colo. - CSU-Pueblo improved to 3-0 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play with an 85-55 victory on the road at Regis.
The ThunderWolves began the game on a hot streak and never looked back, using a 15-2 run in the first half to go up by double digits, and never saw its lead fall below that for the rest of the game.
CSU-Pueblo would extend its lead to 20 late in the first half, taking a 46-22 lead into halftime and going on cruise control the rest of the way.
The Pack reported five scorers in double digits, led by 16 points by Wendell Lee (Sr., Los Angeles, Calif.). Dylan Fritsch (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) neared his first career double-double with an eight-rebound, 10-point effort. Nate Tigner (Sr., Fort Worth, Texas) continued to be solid at the one-guard, notching seven assists and three steals.
The win improved the Pack to 3-0 in conference play, giving CSU-Pueblo its first 3-0 start since 2009-10.
Despite the 30-point victory, CSU-Pueblo head coach Ralph Turner said the Pack still has some areas of improvement that the team has to work on.
"I feel we gave up too many rebounds, turned the ball over too many times and didn't get to the foul line very much," Turner said. "We were 9-for-27 from three, and we are capable of much better. We have to be better than that."
Through his criticisms, though, Turner lauded the Pack's defensive effort, especially since that aspect of the Pack's game has been lacking in recent games.
"It was a great defensive effort," Turner said. "Regis is a very physical team and well-coached. To come in here and do what we did, we're very fortunate."
CSU-Pueblo turns their attention to the biggest game of their young season, a road battle at defending RMAC champion and 2013 national runner-up, Metro State. Metro State is ranked 6th in the nation and is looking for vengeance on the ThunderWolves, as the Pack defeated Metro State last season, handing the Roadrunners only their second of three losses on the season.
"I hope we saved some of our missed shots [from tonight] for tomorrow night, because we'll need them against a rugged Roadrunner team," Turner said. "If you want to talk about winning championships, you have to beat Metro, and we get a chance to go into their place and play. They have a culture of winning and we're in the infant stages of trying to cultivate that."