Another Bain record leads to second stright win
Jack Bain, who has set record after record during this, his senior season, saved his best for last. And a capacity senior night crowd of 304 watched in amazement as Bain grabbed one more record.
"Everybody was there - the whole family," said Bain, explaining some of the extra motivation he felt during his final home game at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. "It's the last time I'll ever be on this floor for a real game. It was a great time to shine, I guess.
"I didn't shoot too well, but I think I rebounded all right."
All Bain did was grab a school-record 25 rebounds as the Mountain Lions defeated the Western State Mountaineers 82-70 Tuesday night at the Lions' Den.
Bain broke his own record of 20 rebounds, which he set on Feb. 17 at Johnson & Wales. Previously, the record had been 19 by Mike Lallier on Jan. 28, 1994. Bain, who is averaging 12.4 rebounds per game, entered Tuesday's game third in the NCAA in rebounding.
And by the way, Jack, 25 points on 9-for-21 shooting isn't too shabby either.
More impressive, though, was Bain's ability to help channel the offense through his teammates when he found himself double- and triple-teamed in the post. He finished with six assists, matching his career high.
"I see the floor pretty well from the post," said Bain. "I can find people who are open, mostly from the way the other team is running at me. You know, what player is coming from where."
Jim Pecic added 19 points and eight rebounds for CU-Colorado Springs (5-21, 4-14 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference).
It was also the final home game for Bain's fellow seniors, Jimmie Pack and Casey Gutting. Pack finished with 13 points, while Gutting's only points - a pair of 3-pointers - came when Western State had rallied to tie the game midway through the second half.
After trailing by as many as 17 in the first half and by 13 at halftime, the Mountaineers opened the second half with a 19-6 run to tie the game. Gutting's two 3-pointers, along with another by Pack, helped the Mountain Lions blow the game open with a 19-6 run of their own.
"I thought all the seniors played well," said Bain. "Jimmie shot amazing and Casey hit key 3-pointers. Right when (the Mountaineers) seemed to catch a second wind, (Gutting) just smothered them."
Ryan Jobe led Western State (2-24, 1-16) with 21 points, while Bly McGuire added 20 points and eight rebounds.
It was the second straight victory for the Mountain Lions, who hadn't won at home until the past two games.
"We really wanted to win for our fans that have been there for us all year," said Pack. "We hadn't won at home until last week and we finally got two in a row for them. It meant a lot to us seniors because we finally got some for our fans."
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