Mountain Lions fall to 0-10
Four University of Colorado at Colorado Springs players posted career highs in scoring, but the depleted Mountain Lions fell to 0-10 on the season with a 96-78 loss to the Colorado Christian Cougars in a nonconference matchup of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rivals Wednesday night at the Lions' Den.
With seven Mountain Lions inactive, including all three post players, Colorado Christian center Brent Hobba scored 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds. Hobba and power forwards Ash Cannan and Brian Stamer combined for 55 points on 22-of-31 shooting.
"He's too big," said CU-Colorado Springs senior Trey White about Hobba. "We just don't have the size in the post. We're not going to jump over people, so we have to box out and hustle."
White had his best game as a Mountain Lion, scoring a career-high 19 points while knocking down five of his 11 3-point attempts.
"My teammates had confidence in me and that helped me out a lot," said White. "I thought about it over the Christmas break and decided that I had to be more aggressive offensively within the offense. Before, I was hesitating just a little bit."
CU-Colorado Springs coach Lance Hammond couldn't have been more pleased with White's decision.
"It's about time," said Hammond. "Trey White is a very talented player that needs to be more aggressive offensively. Tonight, he hunted his shot and really got after it. He played like a senior."
White wasn't the only Mountain Lion to notch a career high in scoring. Senior Jim Pecic, playing out of position at center, led the Mountain Lions with a career-high 20 points. Sophomore Torrey Phillips (19) and freshman Matt Cordova (12) had career highs in scoring as well.
Hammond also singled out the performance of Dan Deveau, whose pedestrian numbers were deceptive. The junior had four points, four steals, three rebounds and two blocks but made his mark as a disruptive defensive presence.
"Dan Deveau played his best game of the year," said Hammond.
After Colorado Christian (8-2) took a 12-point lead into halftime, CU-Colorado Springs opened the second half with a 7-2 run to close to within seven. The Cougars scored four straight to go back up by 11, but Cordova, Pecic and Phillips answered with field goals to reduce the deficit to 58-53.
"The first seven minutes of the second half we played our best basketball of the season," said Hammond. "I'm very proud of the kids. We had a lot of new combinations on the floor tonight that had only three practices together."
CU-Colorado Springs, though, was unable to get any closer.
"The last 10 minutes of the game we hit a wall," said Hammond. "When you only have nine players, you'd better be in top shape. Once we got fatigued, we kept on playing hard, but our decision making suffered."
CU-Colorado Springs' lineup is so depleted that two players who began the season as student managers are now part of the playing rotation. Chris Johnson grabbed three rebounds in 12 minutes, while Adam Kemp added four points and four rebounds during his 11-minute stint.
"Weâ€TMre getting better," said White. "If we play every game with the same sense of urgency we played with tonight, we'll get some wins."
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