Halftime deficit too much to overcome in loss to Regis

By Doug Fitzgerald published December 16, 2005

DENVER- Patrick Hannaway had 26 points and 11 rebounds but the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was unable to overcome a halftime deficit in an 84-78 loss to the Regis Rangers Friday night at Regis Fieldhouse.

Slade Bigelow went 8-for-9 from the field to lead Regis (3-5, 1-2 RMAC) with 22 points. Brandon Butler added 20 points, going 8-for-13, and Logan Garvin had 17 points while shooting 6-for-9 as the Rangers' disciplined offense shot 57.7 percent for the game.

"They did a much better job than we did of getting the ball to the right people in the right places," said UCCS coach Lance Hammond. "Coach (Lonnie) Porter does a tremendous job with the kids. They got a lot of layups and we really didn't get very many."

The Mountain Lions came into the game focused on limiting the number of 3-point attempts that Regis was able to get. While the Rangers were only able to get 10 3-point looks, they made six of them, including 4-of-6 in the first half.

"That's probably my fault, I just didn't expect Bigelow to come out and go 4-for-4 (from 3-point range) in the first half." said Hammond, coceding that Bigelow was not originally a primary target. "We did a better job in the second half of taking his 3-point looks away.

"He hurt us in the first half, he really did."

That pain showed in the score. Regis led by as many as 13 in the first half before ending with a 43-33 lead.

With UCCS guarding the perimeter, Regis went inside aided greatly by Mountain Lions center Bly McGuire's foul trouble. The 6-foot-9 junior played only seven minutes in each half, managing 10 points and five rebounds.

"Bly got into some foul trouble and a couple of them might have been some tough-luck calls, but that's being on the road in the RMAC," said Hammond.We've just got to learn to play above that."

A McGuire putback cut the deficit to three with 6:52 remaining. Garvin and Bigelow answered with short jumpers and Buster Miller knocked down a 3-pointer after a Hannaway free throw to extend the lead to 71-62. The Mountain Lions never got closer than five after that.

"We expended so much energy getting back into the game that we didn't have enough energy to get over the top," said Hammond.

Bryan Snyder had 16 points for UCCS (1-6, 1-2), while P.J. Forrest added 12.


UCCS Players/Staff Featured

P.J. ForrestP.J. Forrest05G
Patrick HannawayPatrick Hannaway34G/FSr.
Patrick HannawayPatrick Hannaway34G/FSr.
Bly McGuireBly McGuire33CSr.
Bly McGuireBly McGuire33CSr.
Bryan SnyderBryan Snyder54FSo.
Bryan SnyderBryan Snyder54FSo.
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