GOLDEN, COLORADO — A career high 24 points from junior Demetrius Miller, including 3 of 5 from downtown, helped the Roadrunners run right past Saint Cloud State (Minn.) by a score of 76-64. This is the first trip to the Regional Championship game since Metro Hall of Famer Mike Dunlap was the head coach back in 2005.
The game did not start out well as the Huskies jumped out to an early lead and maintained that lead the entire half. The lead was up to as much as 12 points thanks to a shooting percentage of 57.7%. But like they always do, Metro started chipping away and got the lead within 5 at the half. The first half run by Metro was highlighted by a late 3-pointer by Miller and a last second turn around jumper by Reggie Evans at the buzzer to make it 34-29.
The second half started out with a pair of 3-pointers, one from SCSU’s Mike Rostampour and a quick answer by Metro’s Brandon Jefferson. That three by Jefferson opened up Metro’s offense and really allowed them to catch fire and slowly allowed them to get a strong lead. The second half was really dominated by Miller and fellow junior Jonathan Morse who racked up 12 and 13 points in the second half respectively.
After the Huskies shot 57.7% in the first half, stellar defense from the runners held them to just 34.5% shooting in the second half. Along with their defense, Metro’s offense at the free throw line was clicking as well, they hit 11-12 in the last 3 minutes to seal the win and make it to the next round.
Metro will play their old rivals the Colorado School of Mines in the championship game that will be held on Tuesday in Golden at 7pm. Metro is 0-2 against the Orediggers this season but hope to change that record.
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