UCCS erases big deficit but falls in OT to Division I Idaho State

By Doug Fitzgerald published November 3, 2009

POCATELLO, Idaho â€" The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs came all the way back from a 16-point second-half deficit before falling 91-87 in overtime to the NCAA Division I Idaho State Bengals in an exhibition game Tuesday evening at Reed Gym.

The Mountain Lions had a chance to secure the upset in regulation. Trailing 72-71, Cole Smith put in a layup thanks to a Ben Feilmeier assist with 1:16 remaining. A Smith blocked shot set up two free throws by Feilmeier that put UCCS up by three with just 45 seconds left. Feilmeier went back to the foul line with a chance to ice the game with 18 second left, but missed the first free throw of his one-and-one, setting up a game-tying 3-pointer by Broderick Gilchrest.

Klausner added six points in the overtime period but Idaho State countered with seven free throws to gain the win.

The Mountain Lions were trailing 47-31 with just under 19 minutes remaining in the game when Scott Sublousky hit a 3-pointer, scored on a fast break and then got a steal that led to a Chris Fernandez jumper to cut the deficit to nine. Back-to-back layups by Klausner made it 47-42 before a pair of 3-pointers by Jordan McClung gave UCCS its first lead since early in the first half at 48-47 with 14:57 left.

Smith led the Mountain Lions with 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting and seven rebounds. Sublousky and McClung each had four 3-pointers to add 19 and 16 points respectively, while Klausner finished with 14. Feilmeier had a team-high seven assists.

After making just 36 percent of their shots in the first half, the Mountain Lions converted 19 of their 25 second-half attempts (76 percent), including all six of their 3-pointers. For the game, UCCS shot 57.9 percent overall and 57.1 percent on 3-pointers.

Amorrow Morgan, Gilchrest and Sherrod Baldwin each scored 18 points for the Bengals. Deividas Busma added 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

The Mountain Lions, unexpectedly, opened the game by scoring the first six points and had built the lead to 10-2 with 17:22 left in the first half. Over the next eight minutes, Idaho State forced seven turnovers and turned them into a 27-17 advantage.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

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.
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