McCollum, Mountain Lions step up to grab double-overtime win over Chadron

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 31, 2009

COLORADO SPRINGS â€" Frank McCollum had nine points in the two overtimes and came up with a key blocked shot to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to an 80-77 double-overtime victory over the Chadron State Eagles Saturday evening at the Lionsâ€TM Den.

McCollumâ€TMs 3-pointer with 57 seconds remaining in the first overtime tied the game. Each team made two free throws to send the game to the second extra period.

In the second overtime, McCollum hit a layup with 46 seconds left to give the Mountain Lions a 76-74 lead. Nineteen seconds later, McCollum blocked a Tim McLaurin shot and Levi Harris was fouled while diving for the rebound. The freshman coolly hit both free throws to give UCCS a 78-74 lead with 25 seconds left.

“Mr. Levi came off the bench, didnâ€TMt even dribble and had two big free throws,” said McCollum. “It was awesome.”

Chadron Stateâ€TMs Kevin McClelland hit a 3-pointer with 16 second left to cut the deficit to one. The Eagles then fouled Ben Feilmeier, who made both free throws. Jordan Liscoâ€TMs 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed.

The marathon featured 13 ties and 20 lead changes.

McCollum finished the game with 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots. The five blocks was a new school record, set one day after Steven Clements tied the old school mark of four. He also had the unenviable task of guarding McLaurin, the Eaglesâ€TM most dangerous scorer.

“Heâ€TMs a good player,” said McCollum. “He has a good pull-up (jumper).”

Cole Smith and Scott Sublousky added 17 points each, while Feilmeier had nine. Smith grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

“We had some guys step up tonight,” said Caton. “It was good to see Cole back and doing some good things for us.”

McLaurin led Chadron State (6-13, 2-9 RMAC) with 26 points and nine rebounds.

UCCS won despite being very shorthanded. One day after Nick Weaver, the RMACâ€TMs leading scorer, was dismissed from the team, forward Chris Fernandez came down with a high fever and was unavailable for Saturdayâ€TMs game as well.

The Mountain Lions (6-13, 6-5 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) shot just 34.8 percent from the field, the lowest shooting percentage in a UCCS win through at least the 1999-2000 season. It may have been the lowest shooting percentage in a win ever, but that could not be verified Saturday.

“To shoot 35 percent and still win a game, that tells me we just found a way to get it done,” said Caton. “It was a crazy game, but these guys just would not take no for an answer and found a way.”

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

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Steven ClementsSteven Clements54C/FJr.
Steven ClementsSteven Clements54C/FSr.
Cole SmithCole Smith32FJr.
Cole SmithCole Smith32F
Scott SublouskyScott Sublousky15GFr.
Scott SublouskyScott Sublousky15GSr.
Levi HarrisLevi Harris34GFr.
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