UCCS has close call but loses to Montana State
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Nic Fuller scored 15 points but the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was beaten 67-61 Thursday by the Division I Montana State Bobcats at Worthington arena.
Since the game was designated as an exhibition, neither the result nor the stats from it will count towards either team's season totals. The Mountain Lions will play their final exhibition of the season on Nov. 10 when they play at Wyoming.
Kyle Perkins had 14 points, five rebounds and four steals for the Mountain Lions, who forced a whopping 27 Montana State turnovers. Frank McCollum came off the bench to added 13 points for UCCS. McCollum and Eric Davis each grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
Phil Friesen and Bobby Howard each had 17 points to lead Montana State, while Mecklen Davis added 15. The bigger Bobcats were able to force the ball inside, which allowed them to draw fouls. Davis and Steven Clements both fouled out for UCCS, while Perkins, Josh Anfang and McCollum all had four fouls. In fact, the only Mountain Lion taller than 6-foot-4 who finished with less than four fouls was 6-foot-7 freshman Rob Howe, who had five rebounds in just 10 minutes.
Fortunately for UCCS, Montana State made just 14 of its 28 free throws.
A jumper by Perkins helped UCCS overcome an early 5-0 deficit and tie the game at 11, but Montana State answered quickly with an 8-0 run over the next two minutes. UCCS twice crept back to within four, but the Bobcats went to the half ahead 33-22.
A Howard layup with 13:20 remaining gave Montana State its biggest lead at 44-30, but McCollum and Perkins each had five points to lead UCCS on an impressive 15-1 run that tied the game at 45 with 8:37 left.
A putback by McCollum had UCCS trailing just 51-49, but Montana State assembled a 14-4 run to take a commanding lead with less than three minutes remaining. Fuller knocked down a couple of jumpers late to provide the final margin.
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