Comeback attempt stalls at one as Mountain Lions fall to Adams State

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 10, 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS - A spirited comeback fell short as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs dropped a 66-57 decision to the Adams State Grizzlies Saturday evening at the UCCS Event Center.

The Mountain Lions trailed by as many as 17 in the second half and were down by 16 when 3-pointers by Mallory Lowe and Janean Jubic capped a 10-0 run that made it 47-41 with 10:39 remaining. The lead was at eight five minutes later when UCCS mounted the second half of the comeback, a 12-5 run capped by a Lauren Wolfinger three-point play.

Down 58-57, with 59 seconds left, the Mountain Lions couldn't find the extra point. Adams State made all six of its free throws, four by Vera Jo Bustos to pull away while UCCS tried desperately to get off a couple of 3-point attempts.

The Mountain Lions forced 32 Adams State turnovers, the most by a UCCS opponent since Dec. 6, 2004 when Johnson & Wales surrendered the ball 32 times.

Lowe led UCCS (4-9, 0-5 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 17 points three blocked shots and three steals. Ashley Miller added eight points and Kallie Jiblits had seven rebounds.

Bustos led Adams State (10-2, 4-1 RMAC) with 20 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Chloe cable added 17 points and Kendra Coveal matched Bustos' nine borads.

Adams State outrebounded UCCS 47-31 and outshot the Mountain Lions 40.4 percent to 29.34 percent, numbers that helped overcome the 11-turnover deficit.

As has been their unfortunate habit all season, the Mountain Lions' poor shooting dug them into a deep first-half hole. UCCS shot a miserable 24.1 percent from the field in the period, and that's only because they were able to make three of their final five. Prior to that stretch, the team was at 16.7 percent.

The Mountain Lions have now trailed by double digits in nine of their 13 games this season.

Saturday's collapse began with UCCS leading 10-6 and 11:30 left in the first half. Seven points by Bustos helped Adams State peel off a 19-4 run over the next five minutes. The Grizzlies made seven of their nine field goal attempts, including two Bustos 3-pointers, during the run.

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