Mountain Lions drop season opener 80-78 to West Texas A&M

By Brooke Babcock published November 16, 2007

ALAMOSA - Leo Thomas' layup with just two seconds left in the game corkscrewed out as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs droped its season opener 80-78 to the West Texas A&M Buffs Friday afternoon.

The Mountain Lions (0-1) were led by Kyle Perkins and Tomaul Hawkins who each had 17 points. Nic Fuller added 13 points and Eric Davis had 11.

Perkins led the team in rebounds with five while Hawkins added four rebounds and two blocked shots.

Robert Lee led West Texas A&M (1-0) with 28 points, seven rebounds, and two blocked shots. The Buffs were ranked No. 24 in the NCAA Division II preseason poll.

The Mountain Lions were trailing in the first half 16-11 when the Buffs went on a 9-0 run to lead by 14 points with 9:18 left. UCCS, though, got five free throws by Thomas and points by Hawkins and Steven Clements to whittle the lead down to two. But ended the half behind 38-33.

The Mountain Lions opened the second half with an 8-2 run to get their only lead of the game 41-40 with 15:28 left in the game. The Buffs were ahead by 11 points with 5:58, but UCCS was able to get the score within two points with only 35 seconds left but failed to tie when Thomas' layup went nearly all the way in before spinning out.

 

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GJr.
Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GJr.
Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GSr.
Eric DavisEric Davis35FFr.
Eric DavisEric Davis35FSo.
Steven ClementsSteven Clements54C/FJr.
Steven ClementsSteven Clements54C/FSr.
Tomaul HawkinsTomaul Hawkins24GJr.
Kyle PerkinsKyle Perkins21FSo.
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