Late 3-pointer keeps Mountain Lions winless
Four minutes into the second half of their fourth game, the CU-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions got their first lead of the season. Their first win, however, will have to wait.
David Ward hit a 3-pointer from five feet beyond the arc with 12 seconds remaining, then Michael Reich blocked a Trey White 3-point attempt with two seconds left as the Colorado College defeated CU-Colorado Springs 70-67 Tuesday night at the Lions' Den. The loss dropped the Mountain Lions to 0-4.
The loss brought back painful memories of a game almost exactly a year ago for CU-Colorado Springs. On Dec. 10, 2002, Matt Bahl knocked down a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc in the closing seconds to lift Colorado College to a 78-75 victory. Tuesday, Bahl had 11 points.
"Itâ's a horrible feeling," said CU-Colorado Springs center David Goodenberger, who was on the floor for both ill-fated shots. "We would have never thought they would be able to do that again."
Reich led the Tigers with 30 points and nine rebounds.
Chris Riedel scored all 10 of his points in the first half the help the Mountain Lions reduce a 16-point Colorado College lead to two (40-38) at the half.
"We played tougher defense (during the rally)," said Goodenberger, who grabbed five of his 10 rebounds off the offensive glass. Overall, the Mountain Lions outrebounded the Tigers 52-39.
Jack Bain led the Mountain Lions with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Casey Gutting and Trey White added 12 points each.
All 12 of White's points came during a see-saw second half that saw the lead change eight times. Colorado College's biggest lead in the half was five, and CU-Colorado Springs never led by more than three.
"I got a chance to play when (starting guard) Jimmie (Pack) got hurt," said White, who made five of his 11 field goal attempts and both of his free throws. "Once I got into the flow of the game, I was able to feed off my teammates."
The Mountain Lions led by three with 1:26 left in the game, but a 3-pointer by Reich tied the game at 67. Gutting missed a running jumper with 46 seconds left and the Mountain Lions, who had 26 offensive rebounds in the game, looked to have another as Bain and Dan Deveau both had inside position. Deveau, however, was bumped hard by a Colorado College player and was unable to grasp the ball, which deflected off of Bain's knee and out of bounds.
After the Tigers took possession, the Mountain Lions defense denied Reich or Bahl, Colorado College's two top scorers, a chance to beat them.
"That's how you have to play it," said Goodenberger. "We locked up their shooters and tried to force one of their other guys to beat us."
That other guy was Ward, who had scored just a single field goal up to that point. With the shot clock nearly exhausted, Ward's long jumper smacked of desperation. The result was more like providence.
After Reich's block, the Tigers rejoiced in front of the Mountain Lions and 307 stunned fans, most of whom were wondering when CU-Colorado Springs would be get its chance celebrate.
But that, unfortunately, is now a question for another day.
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