UCCS tops CC, claims share of tournament title

By Doug Fitzgerald published November 24, 2007

COLORADO SPRINGS -- Eric Davis scored a career-high 17 points on 7-for-7 shooting Saturday evening to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 78-68 win over the Colorado College Tigers and a share of the tournament title at the Hyatt Place Mountain Lion Classic.

Davis also grabbed seven rebounds to match Steven Clement for the Mountain Lions' team high in that category. UCCS outrebounded the smaller Tigers 37-31.

"It's hard for me to take the credit because the guards are the ones doing most of the work," said Davis. "(Colorado College) didn't have any big guys, so that made it a little easier.

"That was one of our focuses tonight; to get the ball inside because we had a size advantage."

Tomaul Hawkins had 13 points for the Mountain Lions (3-1). The junior had 24 points in Friday's win over Oklahoma Panhandle State and was named tournament co-MVP along with Adams State's Rece Hampton. Nic Fuller had seven assists for UCCS.

UCCS and Adams State each went 2-0 in the tournament to share the title.

UCCS coach Russ Caton went to his bench early and often against the NCAA Division III Tigers. Mountain Lion reserves accounted for 42 points and 20 rebounds in 91 minutes of playing time.

"The top six or seven guys are going to get tired and we're going to need those other guys to step in," said Davis. "Now is the time to get the practice for down the road."

One of those bench players was diminutive guard Leo Thomas, who had nine points and five rebounds.

UCCS scored the game's first 12 points, seven by Frank McCollum, and quickly built a 26-7 lead. Colorado College never got closer than nine the rest of the way.

Lance Jacobs led the Tigers (0-4) with 18 points, while Kyle Keefe added 16. Nate Brodman managed 12 points despite playing on a gimpy knee and was named to the all-tournament team.

Kyle Perkins made both of his 3-pointers as the Mountain Lions shot 10-for-19 as a team from long range. That was good, too, since they were a dismal 20-for-35 from the foul line.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GJr.
Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GJr.
Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GSr.
Eric DavisEric Davis35FFr.
Eric DavisEric Davis35FSo.
Frank McCollumFrank McCollum42GSr.
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Tomaul HawkinsTomaul Hawkins24GJr.
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