UCCS, Fuller brush aside North Dakota

By Doug Fitzgerald published November 17, 2007

ALAMOSA -- Nic Fuller scored a career-high 34 points, plus added six assists and seven steals, to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 99-91 overtime victory over to North Dakota Fighting Sioux Saturday at Plachy Hall.

Fuller made nine of his 12 field goal attempts, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, to help the Mountain Lions shoot 53.7 percent from the field. Fuller also went 13-of-14 from the foul line.

Sending the game went to overtime in the first place required a remarkable North Dakota comeback. After a dunk by Tomaul Hawkins gave the Mountain Lions an 82-76 lead with just 15 seconds left in regulation, Ervin Youmans cut the lead in half with a 3-pointer just four seconds later. The Fighting Sioux forced a turnover with 11 second remaining and Fuller was whistled for a foul on Youmans' 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Youmans made all three free throws to send the game to overtime.

The Mountain Lions showed no ill effects from the Fighting Sioux rally. After Emmanuel Little gave North Dakota its first lead since the first half, Frank McCollum made the first of two free throws, and then crashed to grab the rebound on the second. Fuller made two free throws, then two more after another McCollum rebound.

After a North Dakota field goal, UCCS got consecutive layups started by Kyle Perkins steals -- the first by Perkins himself and the second by Leo Thomas -- the give the Mountain Lions a 91-86 advantage. Six consecutive made free throws by Fuller kept the Sioux at arm's length.

McCollum finished with 16 points, while Perkins had 13 and Hawkins added 12.

Youmans led North Dakota (0-2) with 26 points.

The Fighting Sioux led 34-33 with 4:04 remaining when Josh Anfang converted two layups to help UCCS finish the half with a 9-1 run. The lead grew to as many as 12 and hovered in the six-to-nine point range until North Dakota's closing burst.

Fuller and Perkins were named to the all-tournament team for UCCS.

The win gave the Mountain Lions a 1-1 record at both the Grizzly Tip-Off Classic and the season. UCCS will play Oklahoma Panhandle State and Colorado College on Friday and Saturday at the Hyatt Place Mountain Lion Invitational.

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