Sublousky's 3-pointer in closing seconds gives Mountain Lions third straight win

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 6, 2009

COLORADO SPRINGS â€" Scott Sublousky drilled a 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining to lift the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a thrilling 76-75 victory over the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers Friday evening at the Lionsâ€TM Den.

After a Kyle Pape running 12-footer game Mines a 75-73 lead with 48 seconds left, the Mountain Lions patiently ran their offense, looking for the tying basket. Instead, Sublousky found himself receiving a pass five feet behind the 3-point arc with the shot clock counting down. In a single motion, the freshman launched his jumper, which hit nothing but net.

“My heart was pounding,” said Sublousky. “I knew someone was going to have to step up and hit the big shot. I saw the ball coming my way so it was my turn. I let it fly and it went in.”

Mines had two more chances. The first, a twisting jumper by Pape, was blocked by Cole Smith. The second came when UCCSâ€TM inbounds pass with 1.1 seconds left was picked off at midcourt by Drew Hoffman, who dribbled once and nearly banked in the 35-footer.

The idea was to simply throw the ball far downcourt. That way, even if it were intercepted, there would be no way to get a shot off. The problem was that, with the tiny dimensions of the Lionsâ€TM Den, inbound passer Jordan McClung couldnâ€TMt wind up enough to get a good pass launched.

“The idea was good,” said UCCS coach Russ Caton. “In most places it would have been a simple play but here it was tougher to pull off.”

It was the third win in as many games since UCCS (7-13, 7-5 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) suspended Nick Weaver, the conferenceâ€TMs leading scorer.

Sublouskyâ€TMs team-best 18 points also made him the third Mountain Lion in as many games to lead the team in scoring.

“Weâ€TMve got a lot of unselfish guys and theyâ€TMre all about finding a way to win,” said Caton. “Thatâ€TMs become our thing â€" different guys are stepping up to do different things. When you have that coming at you itâ€TMs hard to know who to guard and who to stop.”

Others were hard to stop as well. Frank McCollum added 17 points, while Smith had 16 and Chris Fernandez had 10. Ben Feilmeier and Jordan McClung had six assists each, which was a new career high for Feilmeier. Tommy Klausner grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.

Pape had 19 of his game-high 23 points in the second half as the Orediggers â€" appropriately considering their nickname â€" dug their way back into the contest.

UCCS led by 10 with 7:32 remaining in the game, but Pape had eight of Minesâ€TM next 12 points during a 12-2 run that tied the score at 65 with 4:31 left. Helping the comeback was UCCSâ€TM dismal free throw shooting, as the team made just five of its 13 attempts over the final 14 minutes.

“I donâ€TMt know what happened there; weâ€TMre one of the better free throw shooting teams in the conference,” said Caton.

Dale Minschwaner added 17 points for Mines (11-10, 6-7 RMAC) while Gordon Galloway had a team-best seven rebounds.

The Mountain Lions will try to make if four in a row when they face Colorado Christian on Saturday.

“These guys are pulling together and I donâ€TMt think weâ€TMve seen them play their best basketball yet,” said Caton. “Itâ€TMs just really fun; they keep finding ways to get things done.

“Iâ€TMm glad Iâ€TMm around to be a part of it.”

 

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