UCCS men lock up playoff spot with win

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 24, 2007

COLORADO SPRINGS- Led by Bly McGuire's 20 points and 10 rebounds, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Mountain Lions won their school-record 16th game and wrapped up just their second Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference playoff berth with a 70-66 victory Saturday night over the Chadron State Eagles at the Lions' Den.

The Mountain Lions improved to 16-11, 9-10 in the RMACD. The previous win record was set in 2000-01 when UCCS went 15-11 and went to the playoffs for the first time.

UCCS will be the seventh seed and will travel to Adams State on Wednesday.

Not only did McGuire come up big on the offensive end, he also made the defensive play of the game. With UCCS leading by one and 47 seconds remaining. McGuire stepped into the passing lane to intercept Kyle Cotton's bounce pass. Leo Thomas was subsequently fouled and made his first free throw to put the Mountain Lions up 68-66. Thomas missed the second, but Patrick Hannaway grabbed the offensive rebound.

Nic Fuller put the game away with a twisting, left-handed jumper in the lane.

Hannaway finished with 16 points for UCCS, while Kyle Perkins added 13 points and four assists.

Chadron State (6-21, 4-15) got 18 points and 18 rebounds from 7-foot, 270-pound behemoth Fernando Bonfin. Theo Donley added 13 points for the Eagles.


UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Patrick HannawayPatrick Hannaway34G/FSr.
Patrick HannawayPatrick Hannaway34G/FSr.
Bly McGuireBly McGuire33CSr.
Bly McGuireBly McGuire33CSr.
Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GJr.
Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GJr.
Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GSr.
Kyle PerkinsKyle Perkins21FFr.
Kyle PerkinsKyle Perkins21FSo.
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