Regis puts UCCS away early

By Doug Fitzgerald published December 20, 2004

For the last 23 minutes of Monday night's game, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs played the Regis Rangers to a virtual standstill. Unfortunately, those first 17 minutes were ugly.

Despite Torrey Phillips' 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds CU-Colorado Springs was defeated by Regis 88-57 at the Lions' Den.

Regis (8-3, 2-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) stunned the Mountain Lions by racing to a 38-9 lead over the first 17 minutes of the game. During that span, the Rangers forced 11 turnovers and made 16 of their 28 field goal attempts. They also sent several Mountain Lions sprawling and bloodied a couple of noses with their physical brand of basketball.

"(The Rangers) were very physical and our kids didn't match their intensity," said CU-Colorado Springs coach Lance Hammond. "Regis plays a very physical game and if you don't put pressure on them and drive to the basket on them, then they put bodies on bodies and make it very difficult to execute offensively."

After recovering from the initial blitz, CU-Colorado Springs (0-9, 0-4 RMAC) played Regis to a near standoff, being outscored 50-48. The Mountain Lions were never able to get closer than 19, though.

"In the second half, we did a better job driving the basketball at them and cutting hard," said Hammond. "That puts the pressure on the referees to make a call. As a result, we shot 29 free throws in the second half."

Ben Schafer led Regis with 19 points. Jason Deich added 15, while Kent brown had 10 and Austin Christensen had 11. Schafer, Brown and Christensen each had nine rebounds as Regis outrebounded CU-Colorado Springs 46-30, including 20 on the offensive glass.

Jim Pecic had 14 points for the Mountain Lions, while Dan Deveau added nine points and four blocks.

"The M.O. of our team has been to fall behind early, almost to the point of embarrassment, and then (the players) start to take it personally," said Hammond. "Once that happens, they start really competing. If we would play with that sense of urgency from the start, we'd be in the game at the end."

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

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