Mountain Lions Beaten by Johnson & Wales for Fifth Loss in as Many Games
DENVER - The Mountain Lions' fifth loss in as many games looked painfully like the first four.
The Johnson & Wales Wildcats took control from the beginning and coasted to a 71-64 victory over the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Wednesday evening at the Wildcat Center.
"There's no way that this team is this bad," said UCCS coach Russ Caton. "There's so much hesitation and so much thinking going on. Maybe I need to try a new approach because we've got some good ballplayers but they're just not playing very good basketball."
As has been the unfortunate habit so far in the young season, the Mountain Lions dug themselves into an early hole. Johnson & Wales opened with a 19-6 lead that grew to 39-22 by the end of the half. UCCS was outshot in the period 60 percent to 33.3 percent, outrebounded 18-11 and committed 12 turnovers.
Aggravating the frustration is that it took the officiating crew 17 minutes, 45 seconds to whistle as many fouls (three) against the Wildcats as they tagged UCCS center Tommy Klausner with in less than nine minutes.
The lead swelled to as many as 23 in the second half. The Mountain Lions produced some late fireworks, going on a 22-7 run over the final 5:58 to cut the final deficit to seven, which was also the number of Mountain Lions that scored during the run.
"When the games don't matter and there's no pressure on us, we start to play basketball," said Caton.
"I don't know if it's me putting too much pressure on them or they're putting too much pressure on themselves, but we need to find how to get them to play where they just feel relaxed."
For the game, Johnson & Wales outshot UCCS 54.2 to 34.4 percent, the fourth time in five games that the Mountain Lions have shot below 40 percent. UCCS did manage a 27-17 second-half rebounding advantage, giving the Mountain Lions a 38-35 edge for the game.
Scott Sublousky led UCCS with 15 points, followed by Ben Feilmeier (11) and Alex Snyder (nine). Snyder had a team-high seven rebounds and Brent Jones had three assists.
Andrew Baker led Johnson & Wales with 18 points, while Nick Maly had seven rebounds.
After the game, Caton talked with some of his players one-on-one.
"Sometimes I think if you push them so hard and want it so bad and you're trying so hard that it becomes a vicious circle and all of the sudden you'e back at the beginning where nothing' going right," he said. "I think we've got to that point so maybe I need to try a new approach."
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