Men's basketball drops opener

By Doug Fitzgerald published November 15, 2005

The Mountain Lions got a taste of the future Tuesday night, but ended up with a result of the past.

Patrick Hannaway gave the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs a glimpse of the future, scoring a team-high 23 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Bly McGuire and P.J. Forrest did the same, with McGuire getting 15 points and eight boards and Forrest adding nine assists.

The Grand Canyon 'Lopes, however, made those the only bright spots, defeating the Mountain Lions 104-74 at Antelope Gymnasium in Phoenix.

Grand Canyon's Ryan Nelson had his third career triple-double with 12 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. Three other 'Lopes, Rich Davis, Jason Stromvall and Noe Alonzo, each scored 21 or more points.

A Dan Deveau 3-pointer gave UCCS a 33-31 lead with 5:54 remaining in the first half. Grand Canyon answered with a 16-5 run before Leo Thomas' 3-pointer as the clock expired cut the lead to 47-41.

The Lopes' scored the first six points of the second half. After a short jumper by Forrest cut the lead to 10, Grand Canyon launched into another big run, 16-4, to blow the game wide open.

The Mountain Lions never got closer than 20 afterward.

Deveau scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half but was limited to seven second-half minutes because of fouls. UCCS' three post players, Deveau, Bryan Snyder and McGuire amassed 14 fouls as Grand Canyon outscored UCCS 27-9 from the foul line. Deveau and Snyder fouled out after playing 22 and 20 minutes respectively.

It won't get any easier for the Mountain Lions on Saturday when they face Division I Air Force.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Dan DeveauDan Deveau11FFr.
Dan DeveauDan Deveau22FSo.
Dan DeveauDan Deveau22FJr.
Dan DeveauDan Deveau22FSr.
P.J. ForrestP.J. Forrest05G
Bly McGuireBly McGuire33CSr.
Bly McGuireBly McGuire33CSr.
Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GJr.
Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GJr.
Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GSr.
Bryan SnyderBryan Snyder54FSo.
Bryan SnyderBryan Snyder54FSo.
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