Adams State Beats Mountain Lions in Ugly Affair
ALAMOSA - That noise you heard Friday evening was Dr. James Naismith spinning in his grave.
The man who first nailed a peach basket in a barn could not have imagined what the Adams State Grizzlies and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs would do to the game. After 60 fouls and 48 turnovers (29 by the Mountain Lions), Adams State emerged as the 83-69 victor.
Adams State (15-6, 11-6 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) outshot UCCS 54.9 percent to 40.8 percent. UCCS' past four opponents have each shot 50 percent or better.
Marqus Richards led the Grizzlies with 19 points and nine rebounds. Jack Osborn and Robby Hanzlik each added 17 points and Shaylar Lee had 11. Jamiko Verner had nine assists and five steals.
Damar Hill led UCCS (7-14, 5-12 RMAC) with 15 points and four assists. Brent Jones added 14 points and Ben Feilmeier 12. While Tanner Adams' six rebounds led the team, UCCS still outrebounded the Grizzlies 32-25.
The first half was, in a word, ugly. The teams combined for 35 turnovers, or 1.75 per minute played. UCCS was the real Quasimodo, committing 22 of those giveaways with Verner's five steals a big contributor.
Adding to the spectacle was that the game got away - far, far away - from the officials. In an attempt to rein in the runaway physicality, 12 fouls - six of them offensive - were called in the final four minutes.
Considering their largesse with the ball, the Mountain Lions 34-27 deficit at the half was mercifully small.
Shortly into the second half, Adams State went on a 12-2 run that included a pair of Lee 3-pointers to open up a 48-33 lead. UCCS answered with a 9-1 run to stay within sprinting distance, even cutting to gap to three on two occasions.
But while the distance between 15 and three could be bridged, the gap between three and zero could not. Late free throws as UCCS tried in vain to come back made the final margin larger than it would have otherwise been.
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