Mountains lose opener

By Doug Fitzgerald published November 21, 2003

Despite a workmanlike effort from senior power forward Jack Bain, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Mountain Lions lost their season opener, 73-55 to the Pittsburg State Gorillas Friday at Pittsburg, Kan., in the opening round of the PSU Pepsi-Edge3D Classic.

Bain had 10 points, a team-high six rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots.

New coach Marty Fletcher'­s influence was felt as CU-Colorado Springsí pressure defense limited the Gorillas to 33.3 percent shooting in the first half.

"We have a lot of different defenses. Along with those different defenses, thereís a lot of different responsibilities," said Bain. "They're pretty effective when we do them right."

Balancing the strong defense was a tentative offense. The Mountain Lions committed 29 turnovers, 17 in the first half. The Gorillas were also strong on the offensive glass, grabbing 20 offensive rebounds. As a result, Pittsburg State had 75 field goal attempts to CU-Colorado Springs' 48.

All those extra chances cost CU-Colorado Springs on the scoreboard.

After leading 29-24 at the half, Pittsburg State opened the second period by pushing the ball inside. They made six of their first eight field goal attempts in the second half to roll to a 43-27 lead with 16:08 remaining. CU-Colorado Springs, meanwhile, managed only a Casey Gutting 3-pointer in the half's first four minutes.

The Gorillas continued to roll, extending their lead to 67-35 before the Mountain Lions closed with a 20-6 run.

Gutting led CU-Colorado Springs with 12 points. Sophomore Dan Deveau, who played little as a freshman, scored eight points on 4-for-6 shooting, grabbed five rebounds and blocked three shots. All 14 players on the roster saw action for CU-Colorado Springs.

Eddie Jackson led Pittsburg State with 14 points, while Greg Campbell and Jason Taylor added 10 each. Jamey Richardson grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds and blocked four shots.

The Mountain Lions will play Missouri Southern in Saturday's second round.

"Almost every time we played good, solid defense, we got a stop," said Bain. "When we executed right, we got a score. I think nothing but positive will come of (this game)."

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