Sharp Shooting Allows Mesa State to Stay Unbeaten in RMAC with Win Over UCCS

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 16, 2010

GRAND JUNCTION â€" The Mesa State Mavericks shot 59.6 percent from the field to remain unbeaten in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play with an 81-71 victory over the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Saturday evening at Brownson Arena.

Mesa State improved to 13-1, 7-0 in the RMAC as Mike Dominguez led the Mavericks with 16 points and three steals while also grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out five assists. Michael Bear added 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds, while Lance Fite and Jase Herl had 12 and 10 points respectively. Ryan Mortensen had a game-high six assists.

Ben Feilmeier led UCCS (5-10, 3-4 RMAC) with 15 points, followed by Scott Sublousky (14), Cole Smith (12) and Damar Hillâ€TMs career-high 11. Smith, Alex Snyder and Brent Jones each grabbed five rebounds.

Mesa State never trailed in first half, scoring the gameâ€TMs first five points and answering each time UCCS made a move. The first of those answers came after a Hill hit a conventional three-point play and a 3-pointer capped a cut the gap to 18-16. The Mavericks regrouped to score the next five points. A short time later, Sublousky capped an 8-2 run with a layup as UCCS closed to 25-24, but Mesa State responded with a 10-1 run.

After a Jordan McClung 3-pointer with just under a minute remaining, Dominguez hit two free throws and Mortensen drained a buzzer-beating field goal to send the Mavericks into the intermission matching their biggest lead of the game at 43-32.

UCCS scored the first seven points of the second half, four by Smith and three by Chris Fernandez and then, after a Mesa State bucket, got inside hoops by Smith and Luke Hristou before Feilmieierâ€TMs 3-pointer gave the Mountain Lions their only lead of the game, 46-45, with 16:54 remaining.

The Mavericks answered yet again, and this time big. Five different players scored as Mesa State retook control of the game with an 11-0 run over the next three minutes. UCCS would twice whittle the deficit down to five but couldnâ€TMt get closer.

UCCSâ€TM next game will also be the official grand opening of the new UCCS Event Center. The Mountain Lions will face Regis at 8 p.m. on Jan. 22.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Chris FernandezChris Fernandez30FFr.
Chris FernandezChris Fernandez30FSo.
Chris FernandezChris Fernandez24F
Cole SmithCole Smith32FJr.
Cole SmithCole Smith32F
Scott SublouskyScott Sublousky15GFr.
Scott SublouskyScott Sublousky15GSr.
Luke HristouLuke Hristou35F
Luke HristouLuke Hristou35FSo.
Luke HristouLuke Hristou35F
Damar HillDamar Hill30G
Damar HillDamar Hill30G
Damar HillDamar Hill30G
Brent JonesBrent Jones10F
Brent JonesBrent Jones10FSr.
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