Men again drop CSU-Pueblo in overtime

By Doug Fitzgerald published December 31, 2006

COLORADO SPRINGS- For the second time in 22 days, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs defeated the Colorado State-Pueblo Thunderwolves in overtime, this time a 107-100 Mountain Lions victory in overtime Saturday evening at the Lions' Den.

Patrick Hannaway scored 35 points and Nic Fuller added 28 as UCCS (8-2) rebounded from a stunning second-half CSU-Pueblo comeback that was reminiscent of what UCCS did in Pueblo on Dec. 8.

In that game, CSU-Pueblo (5-6) led by 18 in the second half only to see the Mountain Lions come back to force overtime. UCCS owned the overtime, though, and won 87-76.

"I told the guys in the locker room that they were going to do everything they could to come back," said Hannaway. "We didn't give up (in Pueblo) and we knew they wouldn't either."

The Thunderwolves did everything in their power to turn him into a prophet Saturday. They erased a 16-point halftime deficit to force overtime as Ty McTyer proved nearly unstoppable. The burley guard scored 15 second-half points and 12 of CSU-Pueblo's 15 overtime points to finish with 34 points. He also added five rebounds, five steals and three assists.

"He's the littlest big man I've played against," said an impressed Hannaway. "Heâ€TMs so little and doesn't play from the perimeter that much but he's also very strong. He's like a bowling ball when he drives."

Bowling ball or not, UCCS didn't drop in the overtime. Hannaway bulled his way for nine points and Fuller added 10 in the extra period.

Fuller and Joe Scott combined to make 9-of-11 from 3-point range as the Mountain Lions shot 13-for-18 (72.2 percent) from long range and 64.7 percent overall.

"We had good shot selection tonight," said Fuller. "We took open 3s, not contested 3s."

Much of that shot selection came as a result of the respect given by the defense to Hannaway and Bly McGuire.

"When Bly and Pat attack the basket the defense has to collapse on them," said Fuller. "That leaves guys open on the perimeter. Once we reversed the ball, we got a lot of open looks."

Scott finished with 15 points for UCCS, while McGuire added 12. Hannaway and Eric Davis each grabbed eight rebounds.

Julien Franklin scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half for CSU-Pueblo. Brett Cloepfil added 14 points, while Brian Sewald had 12 and Major Willette had 10.

Although both teams are in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Saturday's contest was a nonconference game, scheduled in large part because of the Steel and Silver rivalry series between the schools. With the win, UCCS expanded its lead for the season to 13-6.

The Mountain Lions head to New Mexico for a pair of RMAC contests this week. UCCS will face Western New Mexico on Thursday and New Mexico Highlands on Saturday.

"This game gives us a lot of confidence going into this road trip," said Fuller.

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