No more east sounds good to Mountain Lions

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 14, 2005

COLORADO SPRINGS- The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs played its final game against a team from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's Eastern Division Friday night, a 102-69 loss to the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers at the Lions' Den.

Good riddance.

Not only did the beasts from the east send the Mountain Lions to an 0-7 conference mark (extending the season record to 0-13), the east made a feast of the entire RMAC Western Division. Coming into Friday's games, three west teams (CU-Colorado Springs, Adams State and Western State) were winless in conference play - all against eastern teams. Only one west team, Fort Lewis, had managed a winning record against the east. The rest of the division was a combined 5-28.

"The conference has never been as top-heavy in the east as it is this year," said CU-Colorado Springs coach Lance Hammond. "After playing everybody (in the east), I think Kearney and Metro State are the best teams we've played."

Friday, a pair of former Colorado Springs high school standouts came home to haunt the hometown team. Chad Burger, a Doherty High School graduate, scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. James Lane, from Palmer High School, added seven points and a game-high six assists. Both transferred to Nebraska-Kearney from a Division I program - Burger from Northern Arizona and Lane from Denver.

"It's always disappointing when we get beat by Colorado Springs kids and it's happened far too often in the past," said Hammond, who is in his first season as coach of the Mountain Lions. "As a coaching staff, we're going to concentrate on keeping the good players at home in the future."

Jim Pecic led CU-Colorado Springs with 19 points and seven rebounds.

"Jim Pecic did a great job on both ends of the floor," said Hammond. "He held Dusty Jura, who was RMAC newcomer of the year last year, to nine points and one rebound."

Dan Deveau added 18 points and Trey White had 13.

Will Taukiuvea had 17 points for Nebraska-Kearney (10-3, 5-1 RMAC) to augment to Colorado Springs duo.

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