Too may second chances sink Mountain Lions

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 19, 2008

COLORADO SPRINGS -- Giving someone a second chance can be a noble thing. Doing it on the basketball court, though, will get you beaten.

The Chadron State Eagles outscored the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 27-4 in second-chance points Saturday evening as the Eagles edged the Mountain Lions 80-76 at the Lions' Den.

The enormous advantage can be credited to 22 offensive rebounds by Chadron State. The Eagles had more offensive rebounds than UCCS had defensive (20) as they did an outstanding job of crashing from the perimeter. Because of their work on the boards, the Eagles attempted 71 field goals compared to 57 by UCCS.

Despite that, the game came still down to two plays in the final minute. Trailing by one, Chadron State (6-11, 6-4 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) forced UCCS into a shot clock violation as Frank McCollum's desperation jumper failed to draw iron.

"Coach (Russ Caton) drew up a play and they denied the pass that we were trying to get," said Abram Ziemer, who scored a career-high 10 points. "They denied so hard that we couldn't find (a shot)."

On the ensuing possession, UCCS was one second away from forcing a violation as well when Tomaul Hawkins was called for a foul after cleanly blocking Tim McLaurin's desperation 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds remaining in the game. The crowd of 340 erupted, and the anger grew in steps as McLaurin made each of the three free throws to put the game out of reach.

The result was the Mountain Lions' fifth straight loss. UCCS is now 6-11 overall and 2-7 in the RMAC.

Nic Fuller led the Mountain Lions with 23 points, while Kyle Perkins added 17 points and seven rebounds and Frank McCollum had 14 points.

McLaurin led all scorers with 25 points.

Ziemer, a freshman from Arvada, played a season-high 15 minutes Saturday.

"It's a real honor. Tonight, I got to come in and play a little bit more than usual," said Ziemer. "It's exciting just to be out there and be able to help the team out."

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Frank McCollumFrank McCollum42G
Frank McCollumFrank McCollum42GSr.
Abram ZiemerAbram Ziemer10GFr.
Tomaul HawkinsTomaul Hawkins24GJr.
Kyle PerkinsKyle Perkins21FSo.
Kyle PerkinsKyle Perkins21FFr.
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