Jones, Mountain Lions Grab Overtime Win at CSU-Pueblo

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 5, 2011

PUEBLO - Brent Jones had 27 points and eight rebounds to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to an 89-87 overtime victory over the Colorado State-Pueblo Thunderwolves Saturday evening at Massari Arena.

A three-point play by Jones gave the Mountain Lions an 82-78 lead with 1:14 left in the overtime period. Nathan Tigner's layup cut the gap to two, but a Rob Howe layup after a Damar Hill pass restored the four-point advantage with 31 seconds remaining.

CSU-Pueblo's Kris Lawrie and UCCS' Ben Feilmeier each made two free throws before a missed 3-pointer by the Thunderwolves' Daniel Pierce with 10 seconds left put an end to the threat. UCCS made three more free throws, while CSU-Pueblo's Nathan Tigner made a layup and then a 3-pointer at the buzzer to account for the final margin.

Tigner led CSU-Pueblo (9-11, 6-10 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 20 points, followed by Lawrie (17), Pierce (15) and Andre Martin (10). Tigner also had a game-high seven assists while Pierce led the Thunderwolves with six rebounds.

Ben Feilmeier who, like Jones, scored five in overtime, finished with 18 points while Alan Paul had 12 and Howe nine. Hill had five assists.

UCCS shot 56.6 percent from the field, including 46.2 percent on 3-pointers. The Mountain Lions also had a 37-25 rebounding advantage and had nearly as many offensive rebounds (13) as CSU-Pueblo had defensive (17).

UCCS trailed by eight at the half despite shooting 56.5 percent from the field. The sharp shooting was counterbalanced by 11-6 turnover and 6-1 made free throw deficits.

Through nine minutes, the Mountain Lions had seven field goal attempts and six turnovers, preventing them from building upon the four-point lead they opened twice in the early going. Later, an 8-0 run including four points by Pierce put the Thunderwolves up 34-24. A Feilmeier layup with 14 seconds remaining allowed UCCS to go into the intermission sans the double-digit deficit at 36-28.

UCCS reversed its turnover problem through much of the second half, going without a giveaway for the first 11:29 of the period. That, and five consecutive made 3-pointers, helped the Mountain Lions reverse the score as well.

Behind seven points by Jones and ending with back-to-back treys, UCCS went on a 12-1 run to nab a 48-44 lead with 14:18 remaining.

After good ball management had put the Mountain Lions in the lead, turnovers on consecutive possessions and two missed free throws turned a five-point UCCS lead into a 71-70 CSU-Pueblo lead with 3:18 remaining. Lawrie scored all six points during the run.

The teams traded one-point leads down the stretch before Feilmeier made one of his two free throw attempts to tie it at 73 with 59 seconds remaining. Each team missed a chance to gain the lead and the contest went into overtime.

The win gave UCCS two point toward the Steel & Silver Series, which the Mountain Lions now lead 20-8. UCCS needs 23 points to clinch retention of the Ent Federal Credit Union Trophy for the sixth consecutive season.

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