Cowboys slam WSC

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Roman Andrade wasted no time Saturday night in erasing the memory of the previous night’s heartbreaking loss to Mesa State.

Andrade, New Mexico Highlands’ leading scorer, burned the Western State Mountaineers for 25 points in the opening half alone and finished with 35 as the Cowboys won 100-72.

Andrade wasn’t alone in the charge as coach Joe Harge’s Cowboys improved to 10-7 overall and 4-5 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Chris Dunn capped a strong personal weekend with 21 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, and Mindaugas Markevicius also tallied 21 for the Cowboys. And Chop Tang chipped in with 12 points while Rashad Peterson had eight rebounds.

Highlands played an inspired first half, and though Western State battled back, the Mountaineers’ shots weren’t falling with enough regularity in the second half to change the outcome.

On Friday night, Highlands lost an 81-79 thriller to mighty Mesa State (14-1, 8-0), thanks to Santa Fe Capital grad Mike Dominguez’s game-winning shot with four seconds left.

Dominguez, playing in front of a number of family and friends from his native northern New Mexico, was a one-man tour de force. He went 13 of 21 for 37 points and snared five boards to lead the Mavericks to victory in this matchup of RMAC hopefuls.

The Cowboys led much of the night, and an alley-oop dunk by Dunn off a feed from Andrade gave NMHU a 45-33 lead late in the first half. NMHU led 47-37 at the break.

But Dominguez scored 23 points to ignite the Mavs’ second-half comeback. Mesa outscored NMHU 22-8 in the last five and a half minutes to steal the win.

Andrade and Dunn led Highlands with 18 points apiece. Peterson had 16 and Tang 10. Dunn grabbed six rebounds; Andrade notched six assists.