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Fans pack arena for first home playoff game in 18 years

Fans pack arena for first home playoff game in 18 years

PUEBLO, Colo. - The CSU-Pueblo men's basketball team did something Tuesday night it hasn't done in almost 20 years: host a playoff game.

The last time the men competed in the playoffs at home was in 1995.

"It's kind of unexpected really because the men were about halfway through the season, we weren't even thinking they could finish fourth. But they got in a role at the end of the season. They're playing really well," said Joe Folda, CSU-Pueblo athletic director.

More than 1,500 fans packed the Massari Arena for the men's quarterfinals.

"I'm hoping like more people come to these games to support our teams because I'm sure they appreciate that we come cheer them on, maybe helps them do a little better," said freshman Coraima Ortega.

The last time the men's basketball team played a playoff game at home, the school's mascot was the Indians and the university was known as the University of Southern Colorado.

"We're just trying to create an atmosphere that makes a difference-- that it is actually a home-court advantage," said alumnus Josh Koschke.

"The whole section's filled," said senior Jacob Shade. "We're trying not to get too rambunctious and get kicked out, but we're trying to support our team and make sure that we beat MESA."

CSU-Pueblo lost to Colorado Mesa 75-64.

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