Mountain Lions Master Nebraska Two-Step with Win over Chadron State
CHADRON, Neb. - The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs had never swept its annual two-game swing through Nebraska. Until Saturday, that is.
Behind 19 points by Alan Paul, the Mountain Lions defeated the Chadron State Eagles 74-69 at Armstrong Gymnasium, completing a two-game sweep that included Friday's win over Nebraska-Kearney. In each of the past five seasons, UCCS teams have made the trip to the two schools. Each time, the Mountain Lions have come home with a split.
Not so in 2011. Brent Jones added 16 points, six rebounds and four assists Saturday while Rob Howe had 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Ben Feilmeier had a game-high six assists along with eight points and five rebounds.
The Mountain Lions improved to 6-11 overall and 4-9 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Kevin McClelland led Chadron State (5-12, 3-10 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 23 points and five assists. Moala Tautuaa added 15 points and Ray Mitchell had a game-high nine rebounds with his nine points.
UCCS led for most of the first half, although never by more than five. An 8-1 Eagles run over the final 3:33 that included back-to-back 3-pointers by Ron Hudson and McClelland put Chadron State up 34-32 at the intermission.
Jones, Paul, Feilmeier and Damar Hill all scored during a nine-point run that gave UCCS the lead for good with 15:50 remaining. That gap would grow to as many as 15 before a late run cut it to 73-69 but, with just 34 seconds remaining, it came too late for the Eagles.
UCCS is now 2-9 all time at Kearney and 5-6 at Chadron.
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