Mountain Lions cooked by Johnson & Wales
Despite an amazing 46-point, 20-rebound effort from Jack Bain, the Mountain Lions lost 85-82 to Johnson & Wales Tuesday night, an NAIA school known mostly for its culinary arts program.
The Wildcats had exactly the right recipe for cooking the struggling Mountain Lions. Johnson & Wales forced 24 CU-Colorado Springs turnovers and shot lights out from 3-point range, making 13 of their 27 attempts. By night's end, the Mountain Lions were simmering over their own mistakes and an unconventionally officiated contest.
"We wanted to give ourselves a chance to win," said CU-Colorado Springs forward Stephon Hicks, who had eight points, including a 3-pointer that cut the lead to 80-78 with under two minutes remaining. "We knew that they were going to play all 40 minutes hard."
Bain followed Hicks' shot with a layup, tying the game at 80.
Ryan Moats answered Bain's shot with an off-balance 3-pointer to put the Wildcats up 83-80. Bain then tipped in a miss by Casey Gutting to cut the lead to one with 38 seconds left. Instead of fouling to put Johnson & Wales in a one-and-one situation at the free throw line, the Mountain Lions opted instead to turn up the defensive pressure.
"We wanted to play good defense and get the steal," said Hicks.
It worked. Jimmie Pack intercepted a pass and raced downcourt with a chance to give the Mountain Lions the lead. Instead, the fates interceded and Pack slipped, drawing a traveling call with 13 seconds left.
Ryuichi Brumley made two free throws with 11 seconds left to put Johnson & Wales up 85-82. Bain got Gutting open with a solid pick, but the 3-point attempt fell short. Bain's attempt to tip the ball back out went out of bounds off of Pack.
Gutting finished with 11 points for CU-Colorado Springs, which dominated inside for one of the first times this season. The Mountain Lions outrebounded Johnson & Wales 45-25.
Brumley led five Wildcats (5-15) in double figures with 22 points.
"We had played them once before and knew they were going to make a run at us," said Hicks, referring to a preseason scrimmage between the teams.That run turned into a roasting.
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