Foul fest snaps UCCS' four-game winning streak

By Doug Fitzgerald published December 1, 2007

ST. GEORGE, Utah -- Tomaul Hawkins scored 24 points but he and his University of Colorado at Colorado Springs teammates were unable to contain Kasey Winters, Ryan Sanchez and the Dixie State Rebels as the Mountain Lions suffered a 107-83 defeat Saturday at Burns Arena.

Winters had 25 points on 7-for-10 shooting and grabbed 15 rebounds for Dixie State (3-3), while Sanchez led the Rebels with 32 points. The two combined to go 21-for-24 from the foul line as the Rebels shot 65 free throws, making 47. In all, the Mountain Lions were whistled for 42 fouls.

Nic Fuller and Bryan Winkel each added 11 points for UCCS (4-2), which saw its four-game winning streak snapped. Eric Davis grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

UCCS, which came into the game shooting 45.5 percent from 3-point range this season, struggled mightily from long range, going 6-for-21.

The game opened with an almost Keystone Kops' flavor for the Mountain Lions, including one stretch where they committed turnovers on four of five possessions. Dixie State, meanwhile, made four of their first five 3-point attempts to surge to a 31-16 lead 12:30 into the game.

UCCS clawed back, and a Leo Thomas 3-pointer with 1:36 left in the half capped a 22-6 run that gave the Mountain Lions a brief lead, 38-37. The teams went into the intermission with Dixie State holding onto a 42-40 advantage.

Hawkins scored the Mountain Lions' first 11 points of the second half, making five of his first six shots, but UCCS had difficulty making any ground on the hot-shooting Rebels until a conventional 3-point play by Josh Anfang tied the game at 56.

Dixie State answered the challenge with a 9-0 run to keep the Mountain Lions swimming upstream. As the foul count grew, so did the frustration. The game turned into a rout as Dixie State outscored UCCS 31-14 over the final 5:45 with 24 of the points coming by way of free throws.

The lone silver lining was that with the combination of rampant foul trouble and a runaway score, UCCS' bench got valuable playing time. Winkel played 15 minutes, making 3-of-4 from 3-point range, Chris Fernandez had five rebounds in 10 minutes, Abram Ziemer and Jordan McClung each played four minutes

UCCS will open the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference portion of its schedule against Adams State Friday at the Lions' Den. The Mountain Lions will then face Solorado State-Pueblo saturday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GJr.
Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GJr.
Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GSr.
Eric DavisEric Davis35FFr.
Eric DavisEric Davis35FSo.
Abram ZiemerAbram Ziemer10GFr.
Chris FernandezChris Fernandez30FSo.
Chris FernandezChris Fernandez30FFr.
Chris FernandezChris Fernandez24F
Bryan WinkelBryan Winkel15GJr.
Tomaul HawkinsTomaul Hawkins24GJr.
Josh AnfangJosh Anfang33CSr.
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