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Cowboys dominate Wolfpack

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Roman Andrade scored 28 points to lead four Cowboys in double digits as New Mexico Highlands won its fourth straight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game Tuesday night at Colorado State-Pueblo.

A strong second half keyed Highlands’ 88-75 win. The Cowboys warmed up considerably from the floor after intermission, sinking 59 percent of their field-goal attempts in the second half after leading 36-31 at the break.

 Coach Joe Harge has the Cowboys (13-7 overall and 7-5 in RMAC) back in the hunt for the West Division crown with seven games left on the schedule, including the next four at home. NMHU hosts intrastate and league rival Western New Mexico in a doubleheader Saturday night at the Wilson Complex.

“This is a great win against a very talented and athletic Pueblo team,” Harge said in a news release. “We need to keep riding this wave and continue playing our brand of basketball if we want to be RMAC champs.”

Andrade put up 17 of his game-high 28 points in the second half. He hit six three-pointers, including one that gave Highlands a 72-61 cushion with 3:21 left. He also finished with two rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Backcourt mate Rashad Peterson tallied 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and one block. Chop Tang had 12 points and five boards. Chris Dunn logged 10 points, seven rebounds, one block and two steals.

The score was tied seven times in a tight first half, but Mindaugas Markevicius broke the last stalemate with a bucket to make it 33-31 NMHU with 2:22 left before halftime, and the Cowboys did not lose the lead after that.

Kris Lawrie scored 16 to lead five ThunderWolves in double figures.

CSUP is 11-8, 6-6.

CSUP women 75, NMHU 57

Highlands’ women lost to the defending RMAC Shootout champs after sticking close to them in the first half and trailing just 29-25 at intermission.

Ashley Logan had another strong effort with 17 points on eight-of-14 shooting to go with six rebounds and three assists.

Ashley Godfrey scored 10 points, and Whitney Polosky had eight points plus six rebounds for NMHU (8-11, 3-9). Robertson grad Jessica Armijo had four points and five rebounds.

Rachel Espinoza (20 points, seven rebounds, four steals) paced CSUP, now 13-7, 9-3.

NMHU led 18-10 after a Godfrey three-pointer midway through the first half. But the Cowgirls slowed and the Wolves had a 14-4 run to open the second half.