UCCS Faces Mines, Gets Shaft

By Doug Fitzgerald published December 10, 2010

Orediggers, obviously, are very, very good at digging holes. Friday evening at the Gallogly Events Center, the Mountain Lions fell into one.

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs started with a 17-point deficit and spent the rest of the evening trying to recover in a 62-58 loss to Colorado School of Mines.

The Mountain Lions were 1-for-12 from the field through the game's first 10 minutes to fall into a 21-4 chasm. An active defense allowed UCCS to keep Mines from finishing the funeral, however, as the gap was reduced to a manageable 28-24 by halftime.

An 11-3 run with six points from Alan Paul allowed the Mountain Lions to take a 41-39 lead with 11:50 remaining. Back-to-back hoops by J.T. Isaac gave UCCS its largest lead at 51-47 four minutes later.

From there, things went bad for the Mountain Lions. The Orediggers hit two layups and three free throws to go up 56-51 with 4:35 left. After a Brent Jones layup, Mines made four consecutive free throws to make the lead seven with 53 second left. The rest was academic.

"They were patient with what they were doing," said UCCS coach Russ Caton of the Orediggers. "They were using some shot clock and continually doing their stuff."

UCCS shot a dismal 1-for-17 on 3-pointers and 18-for-53 (34 percent) overall. That was made up for, in part, by a 21-for-23 (91.3 percent) performance from the foul line.

"We've got to get these guys to believe in what we're doing and trust it," said Caton. "They don't trust it. If we don't get some easy bucket off the first play, then we're done. We give up and chuck up a bad shot.

"It's all on me. I've got to get these guys executing and believing in what they're executing."

Jones led UCCS (2-5, 0-3 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 19 points and eight rebounds. Paul added 12 points, while Luke Hristou had 10 points, all on a perfect 10-for-10 night from the foul line, and six rebounds.

Gordon Galloway led Mines (6-0, 2-0 RMAC) with 11 points. Sean Armstrong added 10 points and five rebounds and Dale Minschwaner had nine rebounds.

"It was a big surprise, actually; it wasn't the game I expected," said Caton. "It was one of the ugliest college basketball games I think I've had to sit through.

"We came back and put ourselves in a position to do something and they executed and we didn't. It was pretty disappointing."

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