Ziemer, Thomas lead Mountain Lions to third consecutive victory

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 21, 2008

CHADRON, Neb. -- Freshman Abram Ziemer and senior Leo Thomas each posted new career scoring highs as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs won its third straight game, an 89-68 victory over the Chadron State Eagles Thursday evening at Armstrong Gym.

Ziemer led the Mountain Lions (10-16, 6-12 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 20 points, while Thomas had 16. Jordan McClung, Kyle Perkins and Frank McCollum each added 11 for UCCS, which shot 54.8 percent from the field. UCCS has shot 50 percent or better in each game of its three-game win streak.

Freshman Chris Fernandez, making his second consecutive start, had a game-high seven rebounds. McCollum had five assists and four steals. As a team, the Mountain Lions had 20 assists and are now 4-0 this season when recording 20 or more assists.

Tim McLaurin led Chadron State (7-19, 6-12 RMAC) with 28 points, including a 6-for-9 performance from 3-point range.

The Eagles opened the game by making four consecutive 3-pointers, three by McLaurin. They were leading 18-11 when Ziemer and Thomas each hit a 3-pointer to lead UCCS on an 8-2 run that closed the gap to one. After another McLaurin trey, the Mountain Lions scored the next eight points.

They would never trail after that. UCCS closed the half with a 12-3 run behind seven points by McCollum that made the halftime lead 39-28.

Chadron State got as close as 10 early in the second half and were down by 12 when Thomas nailed a 3-pointer and then converted a fast break on McCollum's rebound and long pass to give UCCS a 54-37 advantage with 14:45 remaining. The eagles never got closer than 15 the rest of the way.


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