Mountain Lions trampled by a Moose

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 10, 2004

After showing steady improvement over the first 10 games of the season, The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs men's basketball team took a big step backwards Saturday night in a 71-47 loss to the Regis Rangers at the Lions' Den.

Much of that big step backwards had to do with a very big body in the Regis lineup.

Austin Christensen, who bears a striking resemblance to Olympic wrestler Rulon Gardner, is listed at 6-foot-5, 285 pounds. Both numbers would be accurate only if he were wearing platform shoes and had a large helium balloon tied to his trousers. Regardless of what the scale might say, Christensen's true measurement came on the floor, where he was often dominant.

Called "Moose" by his teammates, Christensen scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half to help the Rangers roll to a 22-point halftime lead. He also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and added four assists with some deft passing out of the double team.

"(The Rangers) deserve a lot of credit," said CU-Colorado Springs coach Marty Fletcher. "They did a great job executing their offense."

A layup by CU-Colorado Springs' Jim Pecic tied the score at 11 just over five minutes into the game. Regis responded with a 14-1 run then, after CU-Colorado Springs shaved the lead to 10, the Rangers closed the half by outscoring the Mountain Lions 17-5 over the final six minutes. Regis shot 56.2 percent for the half.

The loss ended CU-Colorado Springs' two-game winning streak.

"We got outplayed in the first half," said Fletcher. "We were coming off of two victories and we forgot how we got those victories."

Jack Bain scored a game-high 18 points for CU-Colorado Springs (2-9, 1-3 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) and also led the Mountain Lions with 10 rebounds. No other Mountain Lion scored more than nine points.

Jay Goral also scored 17 for Regis (8-5, 3-3). Zach Gelhaus and Chris Brever each added 10 points.

The Rangers led by as many as 29 in the second half, but CU-Colorado Springs managed to trim the deficit to 18 on a David Tomlin layup with 2:36 remaining. Regis scored the game's final six points after Fletcher emptied his bench.

"We came out and did a much better job in the second half and played the kind of basketball we have to play to put us in position to have a chance," said Fletcher.


UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Jim PecicJim Pecic20FJr.
Jim PecicJim Pecic32FJr.
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Jack BainJack Bain45FJr.
Jack BainJack Bain45FSr.
David TomlinDavid Tomlin42G/FFr.
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