Metro uses 22-0 run to tame Mountain Lions
DENVER - For the game's first ten minutes the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs traded blows with one of the best teams in the country. Then Metro State exploded with a 22-0 run to blow the game wide open before cruising to a 106-74 win Friday night at Regis Fieldhouse.
The Mountain Lions hit six of their first seven shots and held a 17-14 lead early in the first half. With 8:26 left in the half, CU-Colorado Springs had lost it lead but still remained very much in the game, down 32-30. Then the Roadrunners went on their monster run.
In a span of just five minutes, Metro State (3-0) had ballooned its lead 54-30 and never looked back. The Roadrunners capitalized on five Mountain Lion turnovers during the run.
Turnovers were a problem for CU-Colorado Springs (0-3) all game. The Mountain Lions, who shot a solid 50 percent from the floor, committed 21 turnovers. Metro State had just three.
"Basketball is a game of possessions," said Mountain Lions coach Lance Hammond. "When you shoot the ball 50 percent you should win games. But when the turnover difference is 21-3 it's like giving the opponent 18 more shots."
Devin Martin led the Mountain Lions with 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Martin also had five rebounds and a pair of assists.
"Devin played well tonight, we need to get him more touches," said Hammond.
Another player who had a strong night was Jim Pecic. Pecic had eight points, 11 rebounds, six assists and, perhaps most importantly, no turnovers.
"Jim had a great night," said Hammond. "We need more stat lines like that."
The Mountain Lions worked well on the glass out rebounding Metro State 14-10 on offensive rebounds and 40-26 overall. Hammond was pleased with his team's effort on the glass, but he knows until the Mountain Lions limit their turnovers the result will be the same.
"We have got to take better care of the basketball," said Hammond. "If we can play a game with 10 or less turnovers we are going to put ourselves in a much better position to win."
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