Lions get fed to Christian
LAKEWOOD, Colo.- For the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs men's basketball team, the 2004-05 season has been a series of unfortunate events - without Jim Carrey to rescue the poor script. Kind of like being forced to listen to the greatest hits of Zamphir and his magical pan flute.
The unhappy tour reached an even dozen Saturday night as the Mountain Lions (0-12, 0-6 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) were soundly beaten 100-70 by the Colorado Christian Cougars at Cougar Fieldhouse.
It's been the type of season that could be reported using a standard form: ____________ made ___ of their first ____ 3-point attempts and raced to a ____ to ____ lead. From there, the __________ cruised to a win.
Saturday night was no different. Colorado Christian made seven of its nine 3-point attempts in the first half and raced to a 35-8 lead. From there, the Cougars cruised to a win.
See what I mean?
"We were down 26 points with 10 minutes to go in the first half," said CU-Colorado Springs coach Lance Hammond. "From there, we played pretty good."
Brian Stamer led Colorado Christian (11-2, 4-2 RMAC) with 17 points, one of six Cougars to score in double figures.
To make matters worse, point guard Torrey Phillips went down with an apparent hamstring injury in the second half. Whether or not he will join the other seven injured/ineligible players sitting in street clothes on the Mountain Lions' bench is yet to be determined.
Before he was hurt, Phillips was having a very solid game. The junior from Denver had 14 points, three steals and had held All-RMAC guard Matt Vaughn to a 1-for-8 shooting night.
"Torrey's a tremendous basketball player who has bought into the system," said Hammond, adding that Phillips' injury did not appear to be serious. "He plays at a very high level."
Stephon Hicks added 13 points for the Mountain Lions, while Dan Deveau had 11 and Trey White had 10. Jim Pecic added 10 rebounds.
"We're not as far off as the score indicated," said Hammond. "We need to find a way to sustain for 40 minutes, and we just haven't done that yet."
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