Simpson treys sink Colorado Christian
COLORADO SPRINGS- Patrick Simpson played rally killer Friday night.
Simpson made six of his nine 3-point attempts, most at critical times, to boost the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 93-80 victory over the Colorado Christian Cougars at the Lions' Den.
Four of Simpson's treys came in answer to Colorado Christian scores as the senior from Paonia, Colo., kept the Cougars from mounting a comeback.
"A lot of the open threes are just a product of our system," said Simpson. "I got some open shots tonight."
Simpson's statement was validated in that he wasn't the only UCCS player hitting from long range. The Mountain Lions shot 13-for-28 as a team.
The Cougars, meanwhile, struggled. Despite coming into the game shooting 38.2 percent from 3-point range, Colorado Christian made just 5-of-22 Friday.
"On defense we were going over all screens and being aggressive with them," said Simpson. "Shooters like to be comfortable. We don't want them to be able to set their feet and we want to be physical with them."
The strategy did, however, give Brian Stamer more room to work. Stamer led Colorado Christian (6-10, 3-7 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 31 points. Jordan Long added 14 points and 11 assists.
Patrick Hannaway led the Mountain Lions (14-4, 7-3 RMAC) with 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Hannaway leads the nation with a 69.1 shooting percentage.
UCCS coach Russ Caton not only wanted his team to be physical not only on defense, but on the boards as well.
"Coach really emphasized rebounding this week," said Simpson. "He challenged all five guys on the floor to go get rebounds."
UCCS answered the challenge. UCCS outrebounded the Cougars 43-28 as Bly McGuire and Kyle Perkins each grabbed eight, Hannaway added six and Eric Davis grabbed five.
McGuire added 16 points and Joe Scott had 11.
The Mountain Lions are now 6-0 at home this season. That record will be put to the test Saturday at No. 10-ranked Metro State comes to town with its famed trapping defense.
"Metro is known for pressure," said Simpson. "If we attack and make good decisions we can win. It's all about being aggressive and not wilting under their pressure.
"It's a pride thing. We talk about it a lot in practice that no one beats us at home."
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