Colorado Christian past Mountain Lions

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 5, 2010

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Justin Neuhaus scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half to lead the Colorado Christian Cougars to a 70-58 victory over the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Friday evening at the CCU Event Center.

The 6-foot-11 senior from San Marcos, Texas, also added 10 rebounds and four blocked shots as Colorado Christian improved to 8-12, 6-7 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Daniel Lemburg added 16 points and Jobi Wall 15 for the Cougars. Neuhaus and Wall came into the game averaging 17.9 and 17.5 points per game respectively.

The Mountain Lions were able to neutralize the Cougarsâ€TM dynamic duo in the first half, holding Wall to six points, Neuhaus to five and limiting Colorado Christian to 28 percent shooting.

But the second half was another story.

UCCS, meanwhile, was stagnant offensively in the second half, passing tentatively on the perimeter and unable to draw a whistle when penetrating. The Mountain Lions shot just 28.6 percent in the second half and 32.1 percent for the game.

Ben Feilmeier led UCCS (7-13, 5-7 RMAC) with 14 points and eight rebounds. Cole Smith and Chris Fernandez each added eight, with all of Smith's coming in the first half.

UCCS led by as many as 10 in the first half but a 6-0 run by the Cougars cut the gap to 26-24 with 2:22 remaining. Cole Smith hit a short jumper and Jordan McClung a 3-pointer to give the Mountain Lions a 31-24 lead at the intermission.

Neuhaus had six points as CCU opened the second half with an 8-1 run to tie the game. The score was still knotted with 9:47 remaining when Wall scored seven during a 9-0 run that put the Cougars in command.

UCCS whittled the gap to 50-46 with just under five minutes left but Rye Olson nailed a 3-pointer and Lemburg put back an offensive rebound to put CCU ahead 55-46. UCCS couldn't get closer that seven the rest of the way.

The loss puts added pressure on the Mountain Lions who, for now, slipped to fifth in the RMAC's East Division. It's a bad place to be since only four teams will qualify for postseason play. UCCS can draw back into a tie for fourth with a win Saturday at Colorado School of Mines.

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