Highlands can't miss in scoring a record-setting win over UCCS

By Doug Fitzgerald published December 20, 2008

COLORADO SPRINGS â€" The Mountain Lions got beat at their own game Saturday.

Three Cowboys scored over 20 points as New Mexico Highlands shot 60.9 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from 3-point range in a 114-108 shootout win over the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs at the Lionsâ€TM Den.

Two faster-paced teams youâ€TMre unlikely to see.

Roman Andrade led the Cowboys (6-2, 2-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 28 points and nine assists while shooting 6-for-8 from 3-point range. Rashad Peterson added 25 points on 9-for-11 shooting and Jerard Moret had 23 points and a team-best six rebounds.

“Weâ€TMve got to give Highlands a lot of credit; they have some good ballplayers and they knew what to do when the game was on the line,” said UCCS coach Russ Caton. “They shot the lights out on us and weâ€TMve got nobody to blame but ourselves. We were a little slow to close out and we didnâ€TMt really follow our gameplan on a couple of guys.”

Nick Weaver led UCCS (2-8, 2-1 RMAC) with 27 points. Cole Smith added 23 points, while Ben Feilmeier had 12 and Tommy Klausner had 10.
“If you look at our stats, normally that would be a winning stat game for us,” said Caton.

Heâ€TMs right. The Mountain Lions shot 50.7 percent from the field and outrebounded Highlands 46-29 behind 10 from Smith, nine by Frank McCollum and seven by Klausner.

The problem, of course, is that Highlandsâ€TM numbers were even more remarkable.

It was the highest combined scoring game in regulation time in UCCS history and the second-highest overall. On Feb. 25, 2000, Western State beat UCCS 123-118 in four overtimes.

The Cowboys never trailed in the game, making clutch shots every time the Mountain Lions began to get close. It was tied only once, at 61, after a 3-pointer by Weaver. Andrade answered with back-to-back 3-pointers and UCCS never drew even again.

The teams combined for 77 free throws, also the most in UCCS history.

“It was an interesting game â€" two running teams â€" and they definitely took advantage of that,” said Caton.

The he shook his head and gave a reluctant smile.

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