UCCS needs overtime to beat CSU-Pueblo
COLORADO SPRINGS -- Call the surgeon general; this is becoming habit-forming.
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs coach Russ Caton and Colorado State-Pueblo coach Pat Eberhart have faced each other three times the past two seasons and the game has gone to overtime in each. After Saturday evening's 72-65 win at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Caton and the Mountain Lions have won all three.
Considering the trend, the folks in Pueblo may want to consider charging extra when UCCS visits on Dec. 19 to cover all of the overtime for the event staff.
The Mountain Lions went on a 10-2 run over the final three minutes of overtime Saturday to keep the streak alive.
Down 63-62, UCCS' Kyle Perkins knocked down a baseline 3-pointer. After CSU-Pueblo's Daniel Pierce missed a 3-point attempt, 5-foot-10 Nic Fuller snuck in for the rebound and then found Frank McCollum wide open with a length-of-the-court pass. McCollum not only made the layup, but was also fouled by Ty McTyer, who was frantically trailing the play. McCollum's free throw made it 68-63.
Eric Davis and Fuller made free throws down the stretch to preserve the win for the Mountain Lions. UCCS outscored the Thunderwolves 24-4 from the foul line.
The Mountain Lions led by as many as seven early in the second half but turnovers and 24 percent shooting by UCCS in the half allowed the Thunderwolves to storm back. A 3-pointer by Rome Smith with 11:58 remaining gave CSU-Pueblo its first lead of the period at 48-47. The Thunderwolves' lead had grown to 58-53 with just 2:34 left in regulation.
"We made a couple of mistakes at the end that let them get back into it," said UCCS center Josh Anfang, who had 10 points and three rebounds. "I'm just glad that there was an overtime."
Fuller hit a free throw, and then found Perkins for a layup to cut the deficit to two. He calmly knocked down two more free throws with 48 seconds left to tie the game at 58. Neither team was able to score after that, forcing the overtime.
Fuller led the Mountain Lions (5-3, 1-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 14 points and five assists. Davis and McCollum each added 13, while Anfang had 10. Perkins grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Julien Franklin led CSU-Pueblo (2-6, 0-2 RMAC) with 20 points. Smith added 16 and Jake Trahern had 11.
The Mountain Lions previously bested CSU-Pueblo 87-76 in overtime on Dec. 9 in Pueblo and 107-100 on Dec. 30 in Colorado Springs. Counting a victory late in the 2005-06 season, UCCS has now won four straight overall against CSU-Pueblo.
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