UCCS holds on for win over Chadron State
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs fought off a dogged comeback attempt to hold on to a 90-85 victory over the Chadron State Eagles Thursday night at Chadron, Neb.
After falling behind 39-24 in the first half, Chadron State exploded for 61 second-half points to turn a potential rout into a nail-biter. A 3-pointer by Theo Donley with 6:50 left in the game even gave the Eagles 69-66 lead.
With Chadron State leading 83-82 and 1:42 remaining, UCCS made eight consecutive free throws to close the game on an 8-2 run. That the Mountain Lions would ice the game on fouls was tinged with irony, since UCCS' leading scorer, Patrick Hannaway, was limited to just 13 minutes because of foul trouble.
The Mountain Lions made 20-of-21 free throws in the game.
With Hannaway unavailable most of the evening, Bly McGuire took over much of the offensive load. The senior from Elbert scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half.
Nic Fuller made both of his 3-point attempts on his way to 14 points for UCCS (12-3, 6-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference). Patrick Simpson made four of his six attempts from long range to account for all 12 of his points as the Mountain Lions shot 50 percent from behind the arc for the game.
Hannaway finished with 12 points, while Joe Scott added 11 points and a team-high five assists.
Marcus Ligons led Chadron State (2-12, 1-7 RMAC) with 37 points.
UCCS, which completes its two-game road trip Saturday at Nebraska-Kearney, closed the first half with an 11-0 run behind four points by Eric Davis.
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