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