Second-half collapse cages Mountain Lions

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 5, 2006

Among history's most infamous collapses are the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome roof, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and Pauly Shore's career. Add to that list the Mountain Lions' second-half performance on Thursday.

A hideous second half cost the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs its chance to end a five-game losing streak and sent the Mountain Lions to a 96-82 defeat at the hands of the Colorado Christian Cougars at the Lions' Den.

"It was a very disappointing loss," said UCCS coach Lance Hammond. "The kids didn't show up in the second half."

The UCCS defense was nonexistent in the period. Colorado Christian scored 62 points, making 17 of its 21 field goal attempts, including all six of its 3-pointers. The Cougars also made 22-of-26 free throws in the second half as the Mountain Lions all but capitulated when it came to trying to stop the Colorado Christian offense and opted for a foul fest. Twenty of those free throws came in the final 3:12.

"We didn't do a good job of taking care of the ball and we didn't do a good job executing," said Hammond. "Colorado Christian didn't do anything different (in the second half). They shot the ball better, but part of that was our lack of defensive intensity. We didn't get after them."

Patrick Hannaway scored a game-high 24 points for UCCS (1-10, 1-4 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference). P.J. Forrest, Bly McGuire and Bryan Snyder each added 15 points for the Mountain Lions.

Colorado Christian (5-7, 3-2 RMAC) was led by Micah Kohls' 20 points. Peter Bailey added 19, while Brian Stamer had 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

As bad as the Mountain Lions were in the second half, they were nearly flawless in the first. Behind 13 points by Hannaway, UCCS led by as many as 16 before settling on a 48-34 halftime lead. In the half, the Mountain Lions shot 54.5 percent and outrebounded the Cougars 18-13.

Colorado Christian roared back from the beginning of the second half. The Cougars forged their first tie at the 12-minute mark on a layup by Matt Hanna, and then continued the run by outscoring the Mountain Lions 37-13 over the first 13:27. UCCS closed to within five, but with the clock and their defense working against them, the Mountain Lions fouled repeatedly with the Cougars converting 18 of their final 20 from the line.

 

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