Jones Scores 30 but UCCS Men Drop Nail Biter to Western New Mexico

By Doug Fitzgerald published January 28, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS - Ben Feilmeier's pass with 2.4 seconds remaining was snatched by Western New Mexico's Jeron McIntosh as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs dropped an 85-82 decision to the Mustangs before a Blackout Night crowd of 1,133 at the Gallogly Events Center.

The Mountain Lions trailed by three with 13 seconds left but couldn't get a 3-pointer off as the Mustangs swarmed Feilmeier, who had made six treys already. He saw Brent Jones driving but was screened enough that he never saw McIntosh, who stepped up for the steal.

It was the third time this season that UCCS had a chance to win or tie a game in the waning seconds at home, but each time they've come up short.

Jones finished with a career-high 30 points and also led UCCS (6-12, 4-10 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with eight rebounds.

"My mentality coming into the game was to be aggressive right off the bat, draw contact and get to the hoop.," said Jones.

He was certainly successful on all three counts. Jones drew enough contact to get to the foul line 15 times, converting 13. He carried that aggressiveness to the defensive end, where he had three steals and two blocked shots.

Feilmeier added 18 points, all on 3-pointers, and matched Damar Hill with four assists. Tanner Adams was also in double digits with 10 points and grabbed six rebounds.

Andy Sohlich led five Mustangs in double figures with 23 points. He and Chuck Kempf (12 points) went 5-for-7 and 4-for-6 from 3-point range respectively as Western New Mexico (8-13, 8-6 RMAC) shot a blistering 55.6 percent (15-for-27) on 3-pointers including 6-for-7 in the second half.

"They made it look like they were driving to score but they were really driving to pass," said Jones. "We kept sucking in defensively on the drive, which left shooters open. Those shots kept going down."

The other Mustangs in double digits were McIntosh (16), T.J. Riley (14) and Chad Carter (13). Carter grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.

"We didn't play the defense we've been playing  (over the past five games), said UCCS coach Russ Caton. "It's just that simple. It comes down to if you don't play on both ends of the floor, teams come in and beat you and that's what happened."

Neither team was able to establish any sort of real advantage throughout a first half that ended with UCCS leading 49-47. Brent Jones scored 21 points in the first period alone, going 6-for-10 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers and nailing all seven of his free throws. The Mountain Lions led by as many as five in the period while Western New Mexico led by as many as six.

The second half was similarly tight with maximum leads of five for WNMU and three for UCCS. A Feilmeier trey but the UCCS deficit to 83-82 with 39 seconds remaining. Carter made both ends of one-and-one to put the Mustangs back up by three with 13 seconds left.

"Basketball is a simple game and when you're playing a team that's equal to you or better, you can't play one side of the ball only." said Caton. "Tonight, we put up 82 points so we obviously did enough offensively."

But allowing the Mustangs to shoot 50 percent overall, including the aforementioned 55.6 percent on 3-pointers was too much for the offense to overcome.

"Defensively, that's the other side of it," he added. "Their shooting percentages were off the charts and the only people to blame are ourselves."

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