Missouri Southern mauls Mountain Lions
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Mountain Lions stayed in their game against Missouri Southern Saturday - for about two minutes.
After that, the stronger and more athletic Lions took control of the game and rolled to a 88-47 victory at the PSU Pepsi-Edge3D Classic at Pittsburg, Kan.
The Mountain Lions never had a chance. Super-quick guards Ameer Watts and Jeremy Jones took turns frustrating CU-Colorado Springs point guards Casey Gutting and Josef Cruz. Watts and Jones, both short but very powerfully built, were quick enough to cut off the Mountain Lions no matter which direction they tried to go.
They were also strong enough to halt the CU-Colorado Springs guards with a chest bump, which the MAIAA officiating crew seemed loathe to call a foul. The result was that the Mountain Lions had difficulty getting the ball into the front court, and by the time they did, there was not enough time left on the shot clock to effectively run their offense.
Its offense in a shambles, CU-Colorado Springs shot a miserable 34.8 percent in the first half while committing 17 turnovers. Not surprisingly, Missouri Southern went into the locker room with a 46-18 lead.
For the game, CU-Colorado Springs was outshot 52.2 percent to 38.5 percent.
In the frontcourt, Missouri Southern outweighed CU-Colorado Springs by about 20 pounds at every spot, and advantage that showed up on the boards, where the Mountain Lions were outrebounded 40-30. The lack of bulk was compounded by officials who allowed contact to those who looked like football players. Since the Mountain Lions neglected to bring helmets on the 12-hour bus trip, they got away with little. CU-Colorado Springs was whistled for 22 fouls, while the far more physical Lions accumulated only 11.
CU-Colorado Springs senior forward Jack Bain had 15 points and 10 rebounds, both game highs. Dan Deveau had six points, six rebounds and two blocked shots.
Hiram Ocasio had 12 points to lead Southern Missouri, which had 13 of its 14 players score at least four points. The only scoreless player, D.J. Prue, made up for it by getting three assists.
CU-Colorado Springs is left with the difficult task of finding positives in the 42-point loss as they race the winter's first snowstorm home. They'll have 12 long hours to find them.
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