Feilmeier's Career High 30 Helps UCCS Hold off Mustangs
SILVER CITY, N.M. - Senior Ben Feilmeier scored a career-high 30 points as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs managed to hold off a furious Western New Mexico rally to beat the Mustangs 72-70 Saturday evening at Drag's Court.
Had the comeback been completed, it would have been disastrous for the Mountain Lions, who had just made an incredible run of their own. UCCS trailed 43-35 with 14:27 remaining. When the clock reached 4:51, Feilmeier had scored 15 points and Damar Hill had handed out five assists to lead the Mountain Lions on a 31-8 spurt that put them up 66-51.
Instead of the game becoming the laugher it should have been, the joke was nearly on UCCS. Six straight empty possessions (two misses and four turnovers) turned into 13-0 run by the Mustangs.
A pair of free throws by Feilmeier gave UCCS its first points in nearly four minutes and a 68-64 lead with 59 seconds remaining. Andy Solich's 3-pointer nine seconds later cut the gap to one.
Instead of trying to limit UCCS to a shot, WNMU opted to foul early. Hill made both. A missed layup by the Mustangs' Jeron McIntosh turned into another trip to the foul line. This time, Feilmeier made one of two to make it 71-67 with 30 seconds remaining.
Chad Carter, who led WNMU with 28 points and 17 rebounds, nailed a 3-pointer to cut it to 71-70 with just 19 ticks left. The Mustangs fouled immediately, and Brent Jones made one of two to give WNMU a chance to grab the win.
T.J. Riley's 3-point attempt missed at the buzzer.
Riley had 12 points for WNMU, which dropped to 3-7 overall and 3-3 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. Juan Suarez had six assists.
Hill finished with seven assists for UCCS (4-6, 2-4 RMAC). Jones added 13 points and Jordan McClung 11 points and four assists. First-year transfer J.T. Isaac had career highs with 10 rebounds and six points.
Feilmeier made nine of his 13 field goal attempts, including 8-of-11 from 3-point range. The eight 3-pointers made tied him for second on the UCCS single-game record book. The school record is nine, set by Dustin Kelver against Fort Lewis on Jan. 31, 2003.
The Mountain Lions will be off during the holidays and will resume play on Jan. 3 with a home game against Colorado State-Pueblo.
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