UCCS stuns Lopers

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 23, 2007

COLORADO SPRINGS- Eric Davis notched his first career double-double to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to an 89-81 victory over the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers, snapping the Mountain Lions seven-game losing streak.

Davis had 13 points and 10 rebounds while playing extensive minutes because of starting center Bly McGuire's foul trouble. Both figures were career highs for Davis, a freshman from Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Joe Scott led UCCS (15-11, 8-10 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 19 points. Patrick Hannaway added 17 points while McGuire had 13 in just 13 minutes of playing time. Nic Fuller dished out a game-high six assists.

Dusty Jura led Nebraska-Kearney (21-5, 15-3 RMAC) with 25 points and 16 rebounds.

McGuire had 11 of his 13 points in the first half as UCCS forged a 38-35 lead. The Lopers had raced out to an 18-10 lead, but a 3-pointer by Scott and a layup by McGuire helped the Mountain Lions score eight straight points to tie the game.

UCCS was leading 45-44 Fuller, Hannaway and Davis each scored to put the Mountain Lions up by seven. UNK trimmed the deficit to three with eight minutes remaining but UCCS answered with a 10-2 run.

The win did much more than simply end the Mountain Lions' skid. It also tied them for the most wins in school history (15) and put them in position to grab a playoff spot with a win over Chadron State on Saturday.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Patrick HannawayPatrick Hannaway34G/FSr.
Patrick HannawayPatrick Hannaway34G/FSr.
Bly McGuireBly McGuire33CSr.
Bly McGuireBly McGuire33CSr.
Eric DavisEric Davis35FFr.
Eric DavisEric Davis35FSo.
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