Jones, Howe Lead Mountain Lions to Road Win Over Nebraska-Kearney

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 21, 2011

KEARNEY, Neb. - Brent Jones had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Rob Howe added a career-high 18 points to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to an 85-68 victory over the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers Friday evening at the Health & Sports Center.

It was the third double-double of the season for Jones, who had 21 points and 10 rebounds against Colorado Christian on Dec. 11 and 26 points and 11 rebounds against Bethany on Nov. 27.

But the bigger story was Howe, who smashed his previous career best of 11, which he had on Nov. 20 against Eastern New Mexico. The senior from De Soto, Texas, was 6 for 8 from the field and 5 for 6 from the foul line.

Ben Feilmeier had 11 points and seven rebounds for UCCS, which improve to 5-11 overall and 3-9 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Chase Richards added eight points to go along with his team-best five assists.

Tim Billingsley led Nebraska-Kearney (6-10, 4-8 RMAC) with 16 points. Mike Dentlinger and Drew Sankey each added 13 points with Dentlinger also pulling down a team-high nine rebounds. Max Froehlich led the Lopers with seven assists to go along with his 11 points.

An entertaining but ultimately inconclusive first half saw UCCS lead by as many as five and Nebraska-Kearny by four. A 3-pointer by Howe with a second remaining sent the Mountain Lions into the intermission leading 40-36.

A 3-pointer by Damar Hill and a layup by Brent Jones to open the second half gave the Mountain Lions their largest lead at 45-36. Nebraska-Kearney answered with six straight with back-to-back field goals by Mike Dentlinger.

The game remained close, neither team leading by more than three, through half the period. At the 10:11 mark, though, a pair of Howe free throws began a 15-3 UCCS run made it 71-58 and allowed the Mountain Lions to take control of the game. Feilmeier had seven points and Howe five during the run.

 Jones scored nine of the Mountain Lions' final 11 points.

UCCS has now won three straight and four of the past five against Nebraska-Kearney. That's a big change since UCCS won just two of the first 15 meetings between the schools and is 6-14 all-time against the Lopers.

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