Mines buries Mountain Lions
Kyle Pape scored 20 points and the Colorado Mines Orediggers defeated the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 96-67 Saturday night at the Lions' Den.
The Orediggers outscored UCCS 22-5 over the final 7:33 of the first half to end the period with a 37-22 lead. Over that period, the Mountain Lions committed eight turnovers.
Sparked by the rally, Colorado Mines opened the second half at a furious pace. The Orediggers scored on 16 consecutive possessions over the first 8:07, which led to a 31-10 rally that turned the game into a rout.
Many of those possession went through Mines post players Ian Elseth, Ben Mohr and Davey Iverson. The Mountain Lions couldn't find an answer.
"We did not match the intensity of their post players," said UCCS coach Lance Hammond. "It was a very physical game and we didn't match their physicality."
Patrick Hannaway led UCCS (1-11, 1-5 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 16 points and eight rebounds. Bly McGuire added 14 points, while Cody Blessing came off the bench to score 11.
Elseth had 17 points for Colorado Mines (8-6, 3-3 RMAC), while Travis Test and Grant Gunhus added 12 and 11 respectively.
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