UCCS ends preseason with loss to Wyoming
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Tomaul Hawkins had 18 points as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs men's basketball team wrapped up its exhibition season with an 87-63 loss to the Division I Wyoming Cowboys on Saturday.
The game was the regular season opener for Wyoming but, because of an odd quirk in NCAA rules, was an exhibition for UCCS. Division II schools are not allowed regular season games for another week. The only exception would be an exempted tournament such as the UCCS women's team played in last week.
Nic Fuller had 12 points for the Mountain Lions, while Kyle Perkins added 10 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Frank McCollum added nine rebounds as the Mountain Lions outrebounded Wyoming 48-42.
Brandon Ewing led Wyoming with 20 points.
UCCS trailed by just six points at the half and were down 41-35 five minutes into the second half. As the fouls started to mount, though, the Mountain Lions could not keep pace. They were whistled for 16 fouls in the second half alone and 26 overall, resulting in 34 Cowboy free throws compared to 14 for UCCS.
A 3-pointer by Hawkins capped UCCS' final threat, cutting the lead to 59-49 with 6:53 remaining. Wyoming pulled away with a 10-0 run over the next 2:37. The Cowboys added four points in the final 13 seconds to provide the final margin.
The Mountain Lions struggled in the face of the Cowboys' defensive pressure. UCCS shot just 31.9 percent from the field, including 20.7 percent from 3-point range.
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