Hammond protests loss No. 14

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 22, 2005

Dan Deveau had 27 points and 13 rebounds, both career highs, but the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs remained winless with a 79-75 loss to Western State Saturday night at Gunnison, Colo.

Western snapped a 31-game losing streak and improved to 1-13 overall and 1-8 in RMAC play. CU-Colorado Springs is now 0-15 overall and 0-9 in conference. Western State, which also won the women's game, scored its first basketball sweep since 2001.

The two teams battled back-and-forth in the first half before Western State's Ryan Jobe tied the game at 43-43 on a 3-point play with less than a minute remaining. The excitement carried over to the end of the half as an altercation occurred in front of the CU-Colorado Springs bench after a last second shot attempt and the teams were headed toward the locker room. Western's Dusty Axtell and CU-Colorado Springs' Jim Pecic were both ejected.

The altercation led CU-Colorado Springs coach Lance Hammond to play the rest of the game under protest.

Pecic was not the only Mountain Lion whose night was cut short. Point guard Torrey Phillips played the game in constant foul trouble, managing only 15 minutes of playing time before picking up his fifth foul. As a consequence, CU-Colorado Springs' top two scorers, Pecic and Phillips, played a combined 30 minutes.

When the action did get started again, Western led by as much as 63-56 on a 3-pointer by Eddie Espinosa - but UCCS clawed their way back into the game and took a 69-66 lead on back-to-back buckets by Deveau.

After Mike Broadnax tied the game at 69-69 with a 3-point play with 5:26 to play, Western took the lead for good on a Jim Bair free throw. Two free throws by Jobe iced the victory with nine second left in the game.

Jobe led Western with 21 points, while Josh Downey and Broadnax had 14 each.

Matt Cordova added 11 points for CU-Colorado Springs. Phillips and Trey White had 10 each.

Deveau made nine of his 11 field goal attempts, including all five from 3-point range.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Dan DeveauDan Deveau11FFr.
Dan DeveauDan Deveau22FSo.
Dan DeveauDan Deveau22FJr.
Dan DeveauDan Deveau22FSr.
Jim PecicJim Pecic32FJr.
Jim PecicJim Pecic20FJr.
Jim PecicJim Pecic20FSr.
Trey WhiteTrey White4G-FJr.
Matt CordovaMatt Cordova15G/FFr.
Matt CordovaMatt Cordova15G/FFr.
Torrey PhillipsTorrey Phillips5GSo.
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