Colorado College duo thwarts Lions

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 28, 2004

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs faced Colorado College seniors Michael Reich and Matt Bahl for the final time Tuesday night.

Good riddance.

Reich scored a game-high 24 points and Bahl added 12 points as the Colorado College Tigers defeated the Mountain Lions 70-63. Earlier this season, the pair combined for 41 points, including Bahl's game-winning buzzer-beater, in the Tigers' win over CU-Colorado Springs at the Lions' Den. In fact, the pair has led Colorado College to four wins in the past five games against the Mountain Lions in a series once dominated by CU-Colorado Springs.

Tuesday, Reich scored 10 points during 16-6 run that gave Colorado College a 62-53 lead with 6:42 remaining. Two free throws by Trey White and a layup by Jim Pecic cut the lead to five, but the Tigers answered with an 8-3 run, during which Reich scored four more points, that put the game out of reach.

The Mountain Lions committed 18 turnovers while forcing only six.

"We need to step up defensively as a unit," said CU-Colorado Springs junior Stephon Hicks, who scored a career-high eight points while matching his career high by playing 27 minutes. "We've got some really good players like Jack Bain, but we have to give him some help on the boards."

Bain hauled down 13 rebounds, tying teammate David Goodenberger for the game high. Bain also led the Mountain Lions with 17 points, while Jimmie Pack added 14 points and four assists.

And while the Mountain Lions are glad to see Reich and Bahl go, they're even more positive about their own future.

"We've got a lot of work to do," said Hicks, "but we've also got guys on this team with a really good work ethic."

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