Hannaway's buzzer-beater lifts UCCS

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 6, 2007

LAS VEGAS, N.M.- Patrick Hannaway nailed an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a stunning 78-77 victory over the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys Saturday night at the John A. Wilson Center.

The Mountain Lions trailed 77-75 with just 5.2 seconds remaining when New Mexico Highlands' Langston Revada missed the second of two free throws. Hannaway grabbed the rebound, but instead of calling timeout, he dribbled the length of the court, was bumped and, while falling backwards, lofted the ball high.

It nestled into the net lifting UCCS to 9-3 on the season, 3-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

"I had to beat one defender at halfcourt. That's when I looked up and saw there were 2.7 seconds left," said Hannaway. "I saw two defenders in front of me and knew the refs weren't going to call a foul (in that situation) so I knew I had to go up strong."

But Hannaway was nearly the goat in this one. With 8.5 seconds remaining and UCCS down 76-75, Hannaway went to the foul line with a chance to give the Mountain Lions the lead.

Hannaway missed both free throws, the second one an airball.

"I've never airballed a free throw in my life," said Hannaway. "I thought about it way too much."

"I saw the ugliest time-to-score shot and the prettiest time-to-score shot ever" both from the same guy," said UCCS coach Russ Caton.

UCCS got a preview of life what life will be like when seniors Bly McGuire and Hannaway graduate next year. With McGuire unavailable due to a sprained ankle he sustained in Thursday's game and Hannaway saddled with two fouls in the first two minutes, the Mountain Lions were without their big guns for most of the first half.

The Cowboys took advantage of the shorthanded Mountain Lions, going to the intermission with a 43-35 advantage.

Hannaway finished with 29 points in just 26 minutes. Nic Fuller added 20 points and five assists, while freshman Kyle Perkins had 13 points and eight rebounds, both career highs.

"I knew since Bly was out that I had to come in and rebound at a whole new level," said Perkins. "With Pat out, it was that much more crucial. If we can do that every game when they're in the game we'll be in good shape."

Anthony Fuller led New Mexico Highlands (2-10, 2-3 RMAC) with 20 points, while Steven Sanchez added 17.

Unlike Thursday when the Mountain Lions committed 30 turnovers, they had a season-low 10 Saturday.

"That's a positive for us," said Caton. "We haven't seen that much this year."

You also don't see many shots like Hannaway's.

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