ThunderWolves hold off late surge from Chadron

Photo courtesy of Tyler Shomaker
Photo courtesy of Tyler Shomaker

The Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves came into the game on Friday vs. the Chadron State Eagles on a two game losing streak.

But they did not look like the team that had been swept the weekend prior.

The ThunderWolves rode a hot shooting night that saw them shoot nearly 55 percent from the field and 52 percent from three point range to defeat the Eagles 94-88 on Friday.

“I thought we shot the ball well in the first half. I wasn’t particularly pleased by our execution in the second half,” said head coach Ralph Turner. “I thought the game was pretty much stop and go because of the fouls, so much fouling, it didn’t have much of a flow to it.”

Although the Pack led 54-39 at halftime, the Eagles did not go out quietly, as they were able to get within five points of the Pack with a little more that two minutes remaining in the game before a dagger 3 pointer by Stevan Radakovic with one minute left, to extend the lead to eight points.

“That’s just a poise check, and we need games like this so we can get used to finishing games,” Turner said. “You know, we had a 10 point lead against Christian, and when they started coming, we had no answer. In this game I thought when they charged, we answered.”

Nate Tigner led the ThunderWolves, who managed four scorers reach the double-digit mark in scoring on Friday night, with 24 points, nine assists and nine rebounds.

“Nate Tigner is the heart and soul of our team,” Turner said. “When he is good, we’re really pretty good, and tonight he was phenomenal.”

The ThunderWolves will take on the Black Hills State Yellow Jackets on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Massari Arena.

“(They are) a well coached team that’s really big and physical, that pounds the ball inside, runs a lot of sets.” Turner said. “It will be a very physical game against a very good team.”