First half malaise leads to rout

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 16, 2004

Facing the No. 8 ranked team in the nation on its home floor is a bad way to build confidence.

Jack Bain had 17 points and eight rebounds, but the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Mountain Lions had an abysmal first half leading to a 100-50 rout at the hands of the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers at the Health & Sports Center in Kearney, Neb. How bad was the first half? Consider:
- CU-Colorado Springs committed 22 turnovers, more than one per minute, leading to 31 Nebraska-Kearney points.
- The Mountain Lions shot 26.1 percent for the half, including missing all seven of their 3-point attempts.
- They did not attempt a free throw.
- They allowed Nebraska-Kearney to shoot 61.1 percent.

Not surprisingly, the Lopers led 58-12 at the intermission.

What was surprising, though, was how CU-Colorado Springs came out in the second half. Instead of hiding on the team bus, the Mountain Lions kept battling.

The Lopers kept the pressure on in the second half, opening with a 17-7 run. The Mountain Lions (2-10, 1-5) responded by outscoring them 30-12 over the next 12 minutes to get to within 38 with 3:29 remaining. An angered Nebraska-Kearney team scored 13 of the final 14 points to provide the final margin of victory.

Jimmie Pack scored 10 points and was also the only CU-Colorado Springs player to shoot better than 50 percent (5-of-8). Josef Cruz came off the bench to dish out a team-high five assists.

Cameron Lollar had 20 points to lead five players scored in double figures for Nebraska-Kearney (12-1, 5-1). The Lopers extended their home winning streak to 26 games.

Dusty Jura and Will Taukiuvea each scored 16 points for Nebraska-Kearney, while Jordan Farmer had 11 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Senior point guard Chad Sheffield added nine assists, five points and four steals

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