Six in double figures equal a Mountain Lion win

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 4, 2008

COLORADO SPRINGS -- Six University of Colorado at Colorado Springs players scored in double figures as the Mountain Lions cruised to an 85-58 victory over the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys Friday evening at the Lions' Den.

Eric Davis led UCCS (6-6, 2-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 17 points, matching his career high. Kyle Perkins added 13, Nic Fuller 12, Tomaul Hawkins 11 and Frank McCollum and Leo Thomas 10 each. Davis and McCollum recorded double-doubles by grabbing 11 and 10 rebounds respectively.

The Mountain Lions have been defined by balanced scoring this season. All five starters average double figure scoring this season.

"We have a lot of good scorers," said McCollum. "Everybody looks for each other and everybody was shooting well. (We) swing the ball around and whoever has the open shot takes it."

The score was 7-6 when the Mountain Lions blew the game open with a 34-8 run. The Cowboys never got closer than 22 afterwards. McCollum said that much of the offense was generated by aggressive defense.

"We made some adjustments on defense during practice this week," said McCollum. "We created pressure and got in their face. We got lots of defensive stops and defensive rebounds, which led to easy buckets and open shots."

Stephen Shanks, Steve Sanchez and Leo Ural each scored nine points for New Mexico Highlands (0-12, 0-4 RMAC).

UCCS held the Cowboys to 26.7 percent shooting.

It was the largest margin of victory for a UCCS men's basketball team since Dec. 7, 1999 when the then-Gold beat Southern Colorado 97-67.

Fuller had eight of the Mountain Lions' season-best 21 assists, matching his career high. Thomas made all four of his field goal attempts, including two 3-pointers, to beat his previous career high of nine points. Hawkins added five steals and three blocked shots.


UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GJr.
Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GJr.
Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GSr.
Eric DavisEric Davis35FFr.
Eric DavisEric Davis35FSo.
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