Bain notches another record in close loss
Jack Bain grabbed 18 rebounds for the Mountain Lions, giving him 745 for his career and eclipsing Mike Jackson's CU-Colorado Springs record that had stood for over 10 years. But records don't guarantee wins, and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs lost 63-60 to the Colorado State-Pueblo Thunderwolves Friday night.
This week alone, Bain has broken school records for points in a game (46 Tuesday vs. Johnson & Wales), rebounds in a game (20, also Tuesday), rebounds in a season (281) and blocked shots in a season (29). Earlier this season, the senior set the school record for career steals (127).
Friday, Chad France had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Colorado State-Pueblo and disappoint an overflow crowd of 451 at the Lions' Den. Alfred Sanchez added 17 points and a game-high six assists for the Thunderwolves, who had 14 steals.
The Mountain Lions opened with possibly their best defensive stretch of the season. CSU-Pueblo made only four of its first 14 shots and were forced into six turnovers in the game's first 12 minutes. A Trey White layup gave CU-Colorado Springs a surprising 21-9 lead with 7:48 left in the first half.
But teams as good as the Thunderwolves (17-7, 10-6 RMAC) can't be shut down indefinitely. Behind five points by Alfred Sanchez, CSU-Pueblo rallied to score the next 12 points and tie the game. Jimmie Pack answered with a 3-pointer to give the Mountain Lions a 24-21 halftime lead.
"We came out strong," said White, "then towards the end of the half they got a couple of easy buckets and tied the game."
Instead of folding in the face of the CSU-Pueblo comeback, the Mountain Lions rallied to start the second half. When Casey Gutting nailed a 3-pointer at the 15:52 mark, they held a 38-28 lead.
The Thunderwolves answered with a 15-2 run to take a 43-40 lead. After a Bain layup, CSU-Pueblo reeled off seven more unanswered points.
Again CU-Colorado Springs found an answer. Jim Pecic, who came into the game averaging only 2.7 points per game, scored eight consecutive points to tie the game at 50 with 6:41 remaining.
Down the stretch, however, France took over. The muscular, 6-foot-6 center scored 10 points over the final six minutes to keep the tenacious Mountain Lions from regaining the lead.
"At the end of the game, their big man came though and got key rebounds and key points on put-backs," said White.
With Bain triple-teamed by the Thunderwolves' defense, the Mountain Lions were forced to find other offensive options. Pecic took advantage by scoring 14 points, his highest output of the season and only one point off his career high. David Goodenberger added nine points, while leading scorers Bain and Casey Gutting were limited to eight points each. Bain and Josef Cruz each had five assists.
Friday's effort helped ease the sting of recent disappointments and lent hope that the Mountain Lions could end the season on a high note, particularly with a pair of other struggling teams, New Mexico Highlands and Western State coming to town.
"It definitely gives us confidence going into the next two games," said White. "But it's not about how you feel; it's about how you come out and play. If we keep coming out and playing hard like we did tonight, then we'll have a chance."
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