Mountain Lions Hammered by No. 20 Colorado Mines

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 26, 2011

GOLDEN, Colo. - Six Colorado School of Mines players scored in double digits as the No. 20-ranked Orediggers thumped the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 97-64 Saturday evening at Lockridge Arena.

Dale Minschwaner and Trevor Wages each scored 16 for Mines (22-4, 18-4 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference), which enters the RMAC playoffs as the No. 1 seed. Also in double figures were Sean Armstrong (15), Gordon Galloway (13), Drew Hoffman (12) and Brett Green (11).

Ben Feilmeier led UCCS (9-17, 7-15 RMAC) with 14 points. Rob Howe added 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds and Brent Jones had 10 points. Damar Hill had four assists.

The Mountain Lions shot well enough to win. UCCS made 53.5 percent of its field goal attempts, including 45.5 percent of its 3-pointers, and 81.3 percent from the foul line.

Those numbers were offset by deficits in turnovers (22-10) , rebounds (28-20), free throws attempted (32-16) and free throws made (26-13). Add to those the Orediggers' 61.1 percent mark from the field and you've got the makings of a blowout.

And that's exactly what they got.

An Nicco Mucci 3-pointer completed a 10-0 run that gave Mines an 18-10 lead in the early going. The Orediggers closed the half with a seven-point run over the final 2:13 to take a comfortable 42-31 lead into the break.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Feilmeier and Hill got UCCS to within seven at 48-41 with 17:07 remaining. From that point, however, it was all Orediggers. Mines went on a 34-9 run that buried the Mountain Lions.

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