Season ends with loss at Western State

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 24, 2006

Patrick Hannaway scored 26 points as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs concluded its eventful, and often turbulent, 2005-06 season with a 66-56 loss to the Western State Mountaineers Friday night at Gunnison.

The Mountain Lions finished the season 5-22, 4-15 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. UCCS was 4-10 after a midseason coaching change.

While the Mountain Lions improved upon their 2004-05 record by four wins, UCCS fans are left wondering what might have been had interim coach Doug Schakel guided the team from the beginning of the season. The Mountain Lions' on-floor performance improved dramatically after Schakel took over the team on Jan. 16.

Josh Thomas turned in 24 points, including 12 of the Mountaineers' final 14, and Devan Royer came off the bench to hit a pair of 3-pointers that helped Western State snap a nine-game losing streak. The victory improved Western to 8-18 overall and 4-15 in RMAC play.

A Hannaway layup gave UCCS its largest lead, 36-30, with 14:15 remaining in the game. The Mountain Lions made just three of their next 14 field goal attempts- and managed only one offensive rebound on the 11 misses- as Western State built a 23-10 advantage over the next 12 minutes.

With the Mountaineers leading and time running out, UCCS resorted to fouling. Thomas made 10 straight free throws and Lorens Knudsen added two to keep the Mountain Lions at arm's length.

Hannaway set three new single-season records during the season. The junior set new school marks for points (542), free throws attempted (210) and free throws made (156).


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