Mountain Lions Can't Overcome Lawrie, Thunderwolves
Kris Lawrie didn't really need redemption but got it nonetheless..
The Colorado State-Pueblo senior went high to block Ben Feilmeier's 3-point attempt that could have tied Monday's game with one second left as the Thunderwolves notched a 70-66 win over the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs at the Gallogly Events Center.
Lawrie's blocked shot was his third shot at being the game's hero for CSU-Pueblo. With 14 seconds remaining, teammate Nathan Tigner missed the front end of a one-and-one that kept the UCCS deficit at 69-66. The Mountain Lions looked to have the rebound and a chance to set up the tying shot, but Lawrie snuck in from behind, poked the rebound away from Brent Jones and to himself and was fouled.
That chance at heroism evaporated when Lawrie, who had made seven of his eight free throws to that point, missed both. UCCS got the rebound and a chance to pull even, but Lawrie's block ended that.
But even without the rebound and the block, Lawrie was the best player on the court all evening. His 21 points led all scorers and his defense on the perimeter was a big factor in holding UCCS to 11.8 percent (2-for-17) shooting on 3-pointers.
CSU-Pueblo improved to 5-6 overall and 2-5 in the RMAC.
Brent Jones led the Mountain Lions (4-7, 2-5 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 17 points. Damar Hill added 12 points on 5-for-5 shooting and a game-high five assists and Jordan McClung had eight rebounds, matching a career high for the senior from Aurora.
"We had such good practices this week. Every single day, I felt like we got better," said Jones. "We had the addition of Tanner and he helped us a lot."
Tanner is Tanner Jones, who was ineligible for the fall semester because of NCAA transfer rules. He had an impressive UCCS debut with 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
But the good practices didn't carry through to Monday's game. The Mountain Lions were listless offensively and content to stand around. The lack of movement allowed CSU-Pueblo to poach the passing lanes and force 19 turnovers.
"Pueblo did a good job taking things away from us," said UCCS coach Russ Caton. "They knew what we wanted to do.
"This was a frustrating game for me. I didn't feel like several of the guys played to the best of their ability. That makes it a tough one."
The Thunderwolves also executed a sound offensive gameplan.
"They slowed it down and started going to some isolation plays, got us into foul trouble and got to the free throw line," said Caton, who noted that CSU-Pueblo earned 31 trips to the line as opposed to 16 for UCCS. "I always feel that the more aggressive team wins the game and I didn't feel like we were that team tonight."
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