UCCS comeback falls short to Metro State
A second half surge by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs wasn't enough against a tough Metro State team as the Mountain Lions fell 71-58 at the Auraria Events Center, Friday night.
The experienced Metro state team, which has only two freshman and no sophomores, came out in the first half with a full court press. They Mountain Lions played too soft and the defense of Metro State suffocated the UCCS offense. The Mountain Lions, who shot just 29.4 percent in the first half, trailed 40-19 at halftime.
UCCS was out rebounded 25-9 in the first half and 22-14 in the second half.
However, the Mountain Lions came out in the second half with a new attitude. Head coach Russ Caton had been pressuring his team to attack the basket, and the players' aggressive play slowly dwindled the lead, as the Mountain Lions got inside points and fastbreak lay-ups began to wear down the lead.
Metro State tried to stop the momentum by calling timeouts, but UCCS kept up the attack. Late in the game the Mountain Lions only trailed by six with 1:35 remaining in the game with the help of a series of 3-pointers.
Freshman guard Abram Ziemer had a career high 14 points to help the Mountain Lions (6-12, 2-8 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference). Kyle Perkins led the team with 15 points.
"It feels good to go from sitting on the bench to doing a little work," said Ziemer.
Unfortunately though, the second half attack was not enough to overcome the large halftime deficit.
Metro State (12-9, 5-5 RMAC) was led by Jesse Wagstaff with 19 points along with Daniel Bass who had a 14 points and 14 rebounds.
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