Mountain Lions defeat Chadron State, extend winning streak to five games

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 13, 2009

KEARNEY, Neb. â€" Drake Beranek had 26 points as the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers ended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springsâ€TM five-game winning streak by beating the Mountain Lions 84-75 Saturday evening at the Health & Sports Center.

Cole Smith led UCCS (9-14, 9-6 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 22 points, making him the fifth different Mountain Lion to lead the team in scoring over the past six games. The others have been Frank McCollum (twice), Scott Sublousky, Ben Feilmeier and Jordan McClung.

Sublousky was second among the Mountain Lions Saturday with 17 points, while Jordan McClung had nine points and eight assists. Chris Fernandez had a team-high seven rebounds.

Beranek scored 31 points in the first meeting between the teams, an 81-73 UCCS win on Jan. 30, giving him a 28.5 points per game average against the Mountain Lions this season.

Joining Beranek in double figures was Max Froehlich (14), Josiah Parker (12) and Richard Marion (11). Froehlich had a game-high eight rebounds, while Marion had six assists.

After six tie scores in the first half, Nebraska-Kearney finally managed to gain some distance on the visitors when Jeremy Cruise sank all four free throws after a double-technical foul on McCollum with 2:03 remaining. Chris Deans made one of two free throws â€" a result of the original foul â€" to cap the 8-0 Loper run.

Nebraska-Kearney led 66-52 after a Dean 3-pointer with 9:50 remaining in the game. UCCS responded, scoring seven of the next nine points and eventually whittling the deficit all the way to 75-72 after a Sublousky 3-pointer with 2:09 left.

Unlike the past five games, though, UCCS was unable to complete the comeback. Cruise answered with a 3-pointer and the Lopers made all of the final six free throw attempts to preserve the win.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Frank McCollumFrank McCollum42G
Frank McCollumFrank McCollum42GSr.
Jordan McClungJordan McClung14GFr.
Jordan McClungJordan McClung14GSo.
Jordan McClungJordan McClung14GJr.
Jordan McClungJordan McClung14GFr.
Chris FernandezChris Fernandez30FFr.
Chris FernandezChris Fernandez30FSo.
Chris FernandezChris Fernandez24F
Cole SmithCole Smith32FJr.
Cole SmithCole Smith32F
Scott SublouskyScott Sublousky15GFr.
Scott SublouskyScott Sublousky15GSr.
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