UCCS has bad night at Hampton's inn

By Doug Fitzgerald published December 7, 2007

COLORADO SPRINGS -- Rece Hampton had 19 points, six rebounds, six steals and three blocked shots -- all in the second half alone -- to lead the Adams State Grizzlies to a 71-55 victory over the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Friday evening at the Lions' Den.

Hampton, who was limited to just six first-half minutes because of foul trouble, had 21 points, seven rebounds, six steals and five blocks overall. With Hampton on the floor, Adams State (7-1, 1-0 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) dominated the second half, outscoring UCCS 44-28.

With the game tied at 41 with 11:18 remaining, the Grizzlies reeled off a 23-5 run that included a bizarre five-point play by the Grizzlies. Hampton scored on a dunk, during which a foul was called on UCCS' Frank McCollum. Since the foul was ruled intentional, Hampton was awarded two free throws, one of which he made, and the Grizzlies got the ball. Vitor de Zoppa made a short jumper on the inbounds play.

Eric Davis led UCCS (4-2, 0-1 RMAC) with 14 points and 11 rebounds for his second career double-double. Nic Fuller added 10 points, while Tomaul Hawkins and Kyle Perkins each added eight.

Travis Carr added 15 points for Adams State and Sean Amos had 11.

A frenetic pace in the first half didn't yield the number of points to equal calories burned as the teams raced endline-to-endline but combined to shoot just 31.8 percent. Adams State led by as many as five but, with Hampton planted on the bench with two fouls, couldn't extend the advantage past that.

Taking it right at Hampton was part of the UCCS game plan.

"We were trying to get it into the post," said Davis. "We talked about that before the game."

The tactic failed in the second half as the combination of sloppy ball security and a general reluctance to whistle the Grizzlies' star for borderline fouls allowed him to run wild.

"He's really athletic and we didn't play smart," said Davis, who said the Mountain Lions did a poor job boxing out and taking care of the ball. "We can beat an athletic player if we play smart but we didn't."

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