Second-half surge lifts Regis past UCCS

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 29, 2008

Maybe Kathie Lee could have helped, because the Mountain Lions couldn't slow down Regis over the final 14 minutes of Tuesday evening's game.

The Rangers closed the game with a 37-15 run, 20 of those scored by Geremy Gibson, to erase a six-point second-half University of Colorado at Colorado Springs lead and beat the Mountain Lions 79-63 at Regis Fieldhouse.

"We had good shots, we just couldn't make them," said UCCS guard Nic Fuller, who led the Mountain Lions with 19 points. "We had a couple of layups go in-and-out and missed a couple of open threes.

"When those aren't going down, we have to get stops on defense."

Gibson made that difficult. The big power forward was relentless going to the hoop.

"He's always attacking," said Fuller. "The defense has to constantly be aware of him all the time."

Fuller scored the first six UCCS points of the second half as the Mountain Lions opened with a 13-6 run over the first 5:30. Gibson provided the answer; scoring 13 points during a 20-3 Regis run that gave the Rangers a 62-51 lead with 8:10 remaining.

UCCS never recovered.

Fuller's led the Mountain Lions (7-13, 3-9 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 19 points, while Frank McCollum added 11.

Gibson led Regis (13-7, 8-4 RMAC) with 26 points and matched teammate James Bulluck with a game-high eight rebounds. Andy Pokorny added 16 points for the Rangers.

The Rangers forced seven UCCS turnovers over the first nine minutes of the game, resulting in nine Ranger points and a 22-13 lead.

A spectacular drive by Leo Thomas turned into a 3-point play to spark a UCCS comeback that closed the gap to 26-24 at the seven-minute mark. The comeback was completed less than three minutes later when a Jordan McClung 12-footer tied the game at 28. The Mountain Lions took their first lead of the game at the 2:57 mark on Eric Davis' hard drive to the hoop to make it 33-32.

The teams went to the intermission with Regis holding a 36-35 lead.

McClung and Abram Ziemer both started, providing UCCS with an all-freshman backcourt for the second straight game. The duo accounted for 11 points and played heady defense.

"The freshmen have stepped up big time," said Fuller. "They've added energy and heart. We need them to continue to do that."

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