Feilmeier's 3-pointers reward record crowd as UCCS beats Regis in overtime
COLORADO SPRINGS - Ben Feilmeier nailed a step-back 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining in overtime to lift the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to an 82-79 victory over the Regis Rangers Saturday evening at the Gallogly Event Center.
Matt Rosinski's long attempt at the buzzer was long as the UCCS-record crowd on 1,337 stormed the floor in celebration. The Mountain Lions evened their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference record at 4-4 (6-10 overall).
The UCCS players were mixed within and around the mob. In just their third home game since retiring the 418-seat Lions' Den, the Mountain Lions were surrounded by at least that many, most of whom remained standing the entire game.
"That was amazing," said Feilmeier. "That was the best basketball game I've ever been a part of. I can't tell you enough how the fans helped us."
And the Mountain Lions rewarded them by hitting big shot after big shot, with Feilmeier's game-winner as the capper. When UCCS took possession, there was a three-second differential between the game clock and the shot clock so the Mountain Lions spread the floor and looked for an opportunity to attack the hoop. The Regis defense stopped the preferred drive option, which forced the players on the floor to improvise.
"They were doing a good job pressuring us, so we went to a 22, which is a high ball-screen," said Feilmeier. "If they go under, you shoot it and if they switch, get it into the big guy and let him go to work."
Regis' Curtis Mitchell went under the screen and Feilmeier made him pay.
Feilmeier's shot was set up by a big defensive play. After a Chris Fernandez free throw tied the game with 56 seconds left, Rosinski, who had seven of the Rangers' nine overtime points, tried a baseline 15 footer that was blocked by Tommy Klausner.
"That was a huge, huge defensive play," said UCCS coach Russ Caton. "Tommy's probably the best post defender that I've ever coached or played with or been around. The things that he does for us when he's on top of his defensive game makes us a much stronger team."
It was Feilmeier that put the game into overtime as well. Alex Snyder penetrated, forcing the Regis defense to collapse. That left Feilmeier open at the top of the key for a game-tying trey with 21 seconds remaining in regulation.
Feilmeier led a UCCS attack that was the picture of balance with 12 points. Fernandez, Cole Smith, Snyder and Scott Sublousky each added 11 points, while Klausner had nine and Luke Hristou had eight. Klausner and Fernandez each had eight rebounds, while Fernandez and Feilmeier had four assists apiece.
Rosinski led all scorers with 29 points while also accumulating six assists for Regis (6-11, 1-8 RMAC). Chris Johansen added 21 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Rosinski has scored 76 points in his past three games against UCCS, a 25.3 average.
UCCS squandered its chances to build any kind of first-half advantage. The Mountain Lions had an 18-12 rebounding edge, but gave that away with a 10-5 turnover deficit. The teams each made five free throws, but UCCS had twice as many (12 to 6) attempts.
Regis exploited that failure. The Rangers opened the second half by making their first six field goal attempts to build a 44-37 lead with 15:04 remaining. Over the next seven minutes, six different Mountain Lions scored as UCCS built a 20-6 run.
"It's a game of runs," said Caton. "To be competitive, no matter how good a defensive team you are, you've got to be able to answer the other team's runs offensively. We did that tonight."
So did Rosinski, who answered with five straight points to cap a 7-0 Regis run to tie the game with 5:42 left. It remained a one-possession advantage either way until Feilmeier's tying shot.
UCCS shot 52.5 percent from the field, its third-best performance of the season. Its 45 percent display from 3-point range was the second best of the season.
"It was nice to finally see the ball go in the hole a little bit," said Caton. "We haven't been shooting that well and hopefully this means we're beginning to come out of it.
"If it does, it's happening at exactly the right time."
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