Metro State Makes History; Finish NIT Season Tip-Off 3-1

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[Photo Courtesy of Scott Lentz,]

The No. 1 ranked team in Division 2 basketball, the Metro State Roadrunners, continued to make history, becoming the only Division 2 team to ever win two or more games in the NIT Season Tip-Off with their wins over the Elon Phoenix on Monday and the Canisius Golden Griffins on Tuesday.

Having left the Tucson, Arizona portion of the NIT Season Tip-Off at 1-1 after games against Rhode Island and Fairleigh Dickinson, the Roadrunners came to Elon, North Carolina trying to make history and they did just that.

The Roadrunners won 75-74 over the Elon Phoenix, a team that is expected to compete with Davidson in the Atlantic 10 Southern Conference, and followed that up with an 83-69 win over the Canisius Golden Griffins.

Junior Guard Mitch McCarron averaged 27 points throughout the four games for the Roadrunners in the NIT Season Tip-Off to lead Metro to victories in three of the four games. McCarron lead all scorers in all four games in the tournament.

Metro State will return to regular season action on Friday, facing St. Martin’s (Wash.) in Bellingham, Wash.

Anthony Rodriguez

Anthony Rodriguez

Anthony is the Founder, Administrator, Editor and Publisher of Lightning Rod Sports. Originally from California, Anthony has been raised in the Rocky Mountains and Denver area for most of his life. Anthony works with the Emmy-winning student-run T.V. newscast at MSU Denver, The Met Report, as the Assistant General Manager, formerly the Sports Producer, as well as Lead Anchor and Production Assistant. He is currently the Play-by-Play Announcer, Color Commentator, and Production Assistant for the Metro State Broadcast Network, and calls games for Metro State soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, and softball as a “Voice of the Roadrunners.” In addition to that work with the Metro State Broadcast Network, Anthony also hosts the monthly 30-minute magazine show called "The Roadrunner Review" which airs on Altitude Sports and Entertainment. He hosts the bi-weekly "KMet Sports Show" on KMET Radio at He is also the Founder, Administrator, Editor, and Columnist for his own Denver Sports website, Anthony is also part of the Social Media team at, and has worked with the Altitude Radio Network for the Avalanche and Nuggets. Anthony is a former Producer for Mile High Sports Radio, as well as a former Sports-Talk show host on the LightningRod Radio Network.

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One Response to Metro State Makes History; Finish NIT Season Tip-Off 3-1

  1. Dave Larison says:

    Great job on the play-by-play, Anthony. Just curious, would Metro ever consider moving to Div. 1 to play more of the big boys? It may not be feasible, plus it’s nice to rule the roost in Div. 2.

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