Sixteen far from sweet for Mountain Lions
Sweet 16? Bah!
Brandon Brochinsky, Adam Bliven and David Hull each scored 16 points as the Adams State Grizzlies defeated the University of Colorado at Colorado Spring s Mountain Lions 76-65 Saturday night at the Lions' Den.
But 16 wasn't the only sour number for the Mountain Lions. The other was 69.2, as in the 69.2 3-point shooting percentage posted by Adams State. It was a particularly perplexing number, since CU-Colorado Springs entered the weekend with the best 3-point percentage allowed (29.9 percent) in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
"It seems like the nights we play well, the other team plays extremely well, so we need to take it up another level," said senior point guard Casey Gutting.
CU-Colorado Springs tied the game at 45 on a Gutting 3-pointer with 15:27 remaining. Gutting made five of his 11 3-point attempts, most from several feet beyond the arc.
"They were extending the zone and coach told me if I get an open look, even if it's deep, I need to get (the shot) up," said Gutting, who finished with 15 points. "I have confidence in those shots and I know my teammates have confidence in me with those shots. They were just falling tonight."
But Gutting's sharp shooting couldn't keep pace with Adams State. A pair of 3-pointers by Hull and another by Brandon Norris helped the Grizzlies post an 11-3 run over the next four minutes.
The Mountain Lions cut the lead to five (64-59) with 5:32 left when Dan Deveau knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner. This time, the Grizzlies answered by going inside to Bronchinsky, who scored all eight points during an 8-1 Adams State run that put the game out of reach.
"They were stroking it tonight in the second half," said Gutting. "They matched our intensity (in the second half). On the defensive end, we have to take it up a notch."
Jimmie Pack led CU-Colorado Springs (3-15, 2-9 RMAC) with 16 points. Leading scorer Jack Bain had an off night, scoring 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting and grabbing a team-high nine rebounds.
Brandon Norris scored 12 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for Adams State (13-9, 6-5), which shot 60 percent in the second half.
The Mountain Lions came out strong, opening an 11-4 lead in the first four minutes. A 3-pointer by Pack gave them their biggest lead, 24-16, with 9:08 remaining in the half.
"I think sometimes we come out and surprise teams in the first half," said Deveau. "They see our record and think they're going to come in and walk past us."
Deveau finished with 15 points, just two points shy of his career high, four rebounds and two blocked shots. It was another solid night for the sophomore, who has been in the starting lineup all year after seeing only 37 minutes of playing time last season.
"(College basketball is) a whole different level," said Deveau. "It took me last year (playing) limited minutes to find that out. It's a different mentality. Everyone's bigger and faster."
Despite the remarkable improvement, Deveau thinks his best games are still ahead of him.
"I've got a lot more confidence this year," he said. "(But) I need to step it up and focus in to play at the level I know I can play at."
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