Caton's return to Alamosa disappointing

By Matt Sandstead published December 9, 2006

Head coach Russ Caton and the University of Colorado Springs Mountain Lions traveled to Alamosa, Colo. to face the Adams State Grizzlies for their second game in as many days. Caton's homecoming was disappointing to say the least as the Mountain Lions fell 89-76 to the Grizzlies.

Caton, who spent two years at Adams State as the assistant coach to Larry Mortensen, wanted a win over his old program.

"Coach didn't really say much about it before the game, but afterwards he let us know just how much he wanted to win this game," said senior Bly McGuire. "He [Caton] said they just wanted it more."

McGuire led the Mountain Lions 5-2 (1-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) in scoring with a career-high 29 points. McGuire shot 8-for-15 from the floor and 13-for-14 from the charity stripe.

"I was just being real aggressive tonight and was able to knock down the free ones," said McGuire.

Patrick Hannaway, who came into the game averaging just above 28 points per contest, was held to just 12 points with six turnovers.

The Mountain Lions received a scare with just under four minutes remaining as Hannaway didn't get up after a scuffle had broke out over a loose ball. Hannaway got a hard knee to the thigh and was sidelined for the remainder of the game.

The Grizzlies (2-7, 1-1 RMAC) were led by 27 points from senior Roman Moniak while Wes Jensen chipped in 18.

Nic Fuller had 11 points with five assists for the Mountain Lions and freshman Kyle Perkins added eight points and tied McGuire with a game-high seven boards.

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