Fort Lewis proves to be too much for UCCS

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 12, 2008

DURANGO -- Nic Fuller had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists but the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was soundly beaten 82-55 by the Fort Lewis Skyhawks Saturday at Whalen Athletic Center.

Eric Davis and Tomaul Hawkins each added eight points for the Mountain Lions (6-9, 2-5 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference).

Tim Crowell led Fort Lewis (11-3, 6-1 RMAC) with 19 points.

There was a certain tragic inevitability about the game from the start. Even as UCCS battled to keep the game close, every starter except Leo Thomas was tacked with two personal fouls in the first 13:24. The foul trouble led to tentative play which, against a team as explosive as Fort Lewis, is trouble.

It was. Over the final 10 minutes of the half, the Skyhawks turned a slim, 15-14 lead into a comfortable 36-21 margin.

By the end of the half, Eric Davis had picked up his third foul and reserve Jordan McClung had joined the other starters with two. Fort Lewis was awarded 20 first-half free throws, making 15, while the Mountain Lions shot just five.

One minute into the second half, Nic Fuller and Kyle Perkins had each been assessed their third fouls as well. By the time the second period was three minutes old, the deficit had grown to 20. From there, it just continued to grow.

The silver lining, if there could be one, was that freshmen McClung and Chris Fernandez got significant playing time which could pay dividends down the road. McClung had five points and three assists in 22 minutes, while Fernandez had seven points and four rebounds in 18 minutes.

"When you play more minutes like that, it makes you feel like you're more a part of that rotation," said Fernandez. "That way, you can jump in at any time and contribute. It's helping us become more comfortable on the floor."

McClung agreed.

"It helps us all because we're getting experience," he said. "We know what we need to do (to fill) our roles on the team and we're getting better."

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GJr.
Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GJr.
Leo ThomasLeo Thomas12GSr.
Eric DavisEric Davis35FFr.
Eric DavisEric Davis35FSo.
Jordan McClungJordan McClung14GFr.
Jordan McClungJordan McClung14GSo.
Jordan McClungJordan McClung14GJr.
Jordan McClungJordan McClung14GFr.
Chris FernandezChris Fernandez30FFr.
Chris FernandezChris Fernandez30FSo.
Chris FernandezChris Fernandez24F
Tomaul HawkinsTomaul Hawkins24GJr.
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