Mountain Lions drop foul-fest
CHADRON, Neb. - There was a foul plot afoot at Armstrong Gym Saturday night.
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Chadron State combined to shoot an amazing 79 free throws as the Eagles defeated the visiting Mountain Lions 103-74.
Chadron State (7-1, 2-0 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) made 33 of its 48 free throws. CU-Colorado Springs went 19-for-31.
"I don't think I've ever seen a team shoot 48 free throws in a game before," said CU-Colorado Springs assistant coach Kevin Conboy, a veteran of over 30 years of coaching.
Neither had the Mountain Lions. The 48 free throws is believed to be the most ever by a CU-Colorado Springs opponent. That will be confirmed or disproved during an archive check on Monday.
The foul count had another serious consequence. CU-Colorado Springs (0-7, 0-2 RMAC) took only 10 healthy players to Chadron State and, after three of them fouled out less than halfway through the second half, head coach Lance Hammond's team was comically depleted.
"Foul trouble really hurt us tonight," said Hammond. "We walked into the gym with a lack of depth."
Another thing that hurt the Mountain Lions was (altogether now) perimeter defense.
Dave Camadini, one of the RMAC's most feared shooters, made all five of his 3-point attempts in the first half. Camadini scored five points in the final 30 seconds of the first half, including a 25-foot rainbow as time expired, to turn and eight-point Eagle lead into a comfortable 49-36 halftime cushion.
Chadron State quickly pushed the lead to 18 in the second half. CU-Colorado Springs made several mini runs, but were unable to get closer than 12. Hammond was finally forced to gamble by reinserting point guard Torrey Phillips, who was sitting on the bench with four fouls.
"We rolled the dice with Torrey Phillips," said Hammond. "We were down 16 with 10 minutes left and it was now or never. He picked up his fifth foul on the first possession."
Others would follow. Phillips fouled out with 11:31 remaining. Jim Pecic followed at the 11:03 mark. Chris McGowne joined the party with a rebounding foul/technical foul combo with 10:38 left.
With Mountain Lions falling by the wayside, Chadron State went on a 13-2 run to put the game away.
"The final score wasn't indicative of how close the game was," said Hammond. "The score really got ugly after those three fouled out."
Camadini led Chadron State with 26 points. Darnell Williams and Elijah Collins added 16 each.
Pecic led CU-Colorado Springs with 13 points despite his early departure. Stephon Hicks added 12 points, while Dan Deveau had 11 and Trey White had 10. McGowne grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and blocked two shots.
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