Colorado School of Mines Wins the 2017 RMAC Men's Basketball Tournament Crown - Mar 6, 2017
Colorado School of Mines wins the 2017 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Men's basketball tournament at the Lockridge Arena in Golden, Colorado. The Orediggers claimed a 102-98 victory over the Skyhawks in overtime. The No. 1 seed, Colorado School of Mines and the No. 2 seed Fort Lewis, saw action against each other for the second consecutive championship game, with last minute free throws coming in handy once again. The Orediggers were down 85-83 with 11-seconds remaining in regulation. CSM's Ben Clare (6'8''-F) made both free throws to tie the game 85-85 and send the game into overtime. Clare led the team with 23 points, going 5-for-6 in free throws and 9-for-13 from the floor. He also grabbed 10 rebounds. RMAC Tournament Most Valuable Player, Gokul Natesan (6'5''-G) had 20 points on the night and three rebounds. The senior guard made 9-of-11 shots at the line and was 5-for-14 from the field. 'I can't be more proud of these guys and what they showed,' said Colorado School of Mines Head Coach Pryor Orser . 'We just fought, kept trying and believing.' The Orediggers sank 27-of-32 (.844) free throws, shot 45.1-percent from the field and 37.9-percent beyond the arch. The Skyhawks we led by Rasmus Bach's game high 29 points. Bach made 11 of his 21 shots from the floor and 3-of-4 free throws. Blaylock scored 26 points in the game and grabbed seven rebounds. 'The game in general was unbelievable…I'm all about the players. It's their team, their win and I'm just here to put them in the right positions. It's a privilege for me.' The Orediggers saw themselves trailing behind the Skyhawks in the first half with a 10-point deficit. CSM's Kaan Korkmaz (6'1''-PG) helped put the team on a 12-0 run. With back and forth scoring, the teams tied nine times throughout the game. In the final 30-seconds, Fort Lewis was in the lead 84-80. Key plays were Natesan's two free throws, Ben Sonnefeld (6'3''-G)'s layup and FLC's Blaylock's 1-of-2 free throw shots to bring the score to 85-83. Clare's two shots at the line would make it a tied game in regulation, 85-85. During overtime, the Orediggers kept the momentum going outscoring the Skyhawks 17-13 to finish the game 102-98.
Courtesy of RMAc Sports
RMAC Tournament Final: Colorado School of Mines - Fort Lewis 102-98 RMAC Tournament Semifinals: Colorado School of Mines - MSU Denver 70-61 Fort Lewis - Colorado Christian 93-85
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