Weaver, UCCS rides big first half in securing road win over Adams State

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 10, 2009

ALAMOSA - Nick Weaver scored 26 of his 31 points in the first half as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs defeated the Adams State Grizzlies 88-77 Saturday evening at Plachy Hall.

The senior from Phoenix matched his career high, set earlier this season against Humboldt State. It was the third time Weaver has scored 30 or more points in a game this season. Patrick Hannaway holds the UCCS record for 30-point games with five.

"It felt good so I just kept letting it fly," said Weaver. "I thought,"hey, it's going in so I might as well keep going."

Frank McCollum added 11 points for UCCS (3-10, 3-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference). Chris Fernandez and Ben Feilmeier each added nine, while Steven Clements, Scott Sublousky and Tommy Klausner each had eight. Clements had a game-high 10 rebounds and Feilmeier led UCCS with five assists.

Sean Amos led Adams State (3-10, 0-5 RMAC) with 22 points.

How many times does a team shoot 58.6 percent in the first half and trail by 15? That's exactly what happened to Adams State Saturday as the Mountain Lions shot 18-for-25 from the field, including 8-for-10 from 3-point range. When the smoke cleared, UCCS was holding a 56-41 lead at the intermission.

"This was the first game where we went lights out " it was fun," said UCCS coach Russ Caton. "That hasn't happened very much for us."

Weaver scored 18 of the Mountain Lions' first 22 points as the teams put on an offensive clinic. UCCS led 38-35 when Weaver had eight points and Chris Fernandez added five points, a steal and an assist to spark a 18-6 UCCS run that provided the big halftime margin.

The Grizzlies got much more physical in the second half, holding UCCS to 32 points on 47.8 percent shooting. They also held Weaver to just five points.

"That's RMAC basketball," said Weaver. "They were picking me up full court and face-guarding me. They were running different people at me to try to tire me out."

After Weaver opened the second half by making a short jumper, Adams State reeled off a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to eight, but thatâ€TMs as close as it would get.

For the game, the Mountain Lions shot 60.4 percent from the field overall, 64.3 percent from 3-point range and 77.8 percent from the foul line.

Weaver, who leads the RMAC in scoring, made 10 of his 17 field goal attempts, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range.

What made the victory even more satisfying is that it came on the second night of back-to-back games. This season, UCCS has what's known as the"lone wolf" schedule, meaning it has no RMAC travlke partner. Consequently, on its second game of the weekend, it's usually playing against a more rested and prepared team that's did not play the previous night.

"For a second-night win, that was a real strong game for us," said Caton.


UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Frank McCollumFrank McCollum42G
Frank McCollumFrank McCollum42GSr.
Steven ClementsSteven Clements54C/FJr.
Steven ClementsSteven Clements54C/FSr.
Tommy KlausnerTommy Klausner44C/FFr.
Tommy KlausnerTommy Klausner44C/FR-Fr.
Tommy KlausnerTommy Klausner44C/FFr.
Chris FernandezChris Fernandez30FFr.
Chris FernandezChris Fernandez30FSo.
Chris FernandezChris Fernandez24F
Scott SublouskyScott Sublousky15GFr.
Scott SublouskyScott Sublousky15GSr.
Nick WeaverNick Weaver33GSr.
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