UCCS comes back twice, can't finish the job in loss to Adams State

By Doug Fitzgerald published December 3, 2011

ALAMOSA, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs overcame deficits of 16-points in the first half and 17-points in the second but couldn't complete either comeback, finally succumbing to the Adams State Grizzlies 69-65 Saturday at Plachy Hall.

The Mountain Lions trailed 22-6 in the opening minutes before rallying to take their only lead of the game at 27-26. Adams State finished the half with a 12-3 run to go into the intermission leading 38-30.

The second half opened much like the first as Adams State scored 12 of the first 15 points and held a commanding 52-35 lead with 14 minutes remaining. This time the Mountain Lions answered with a 10-point run behind a pair of 3-pointers by Damar Hill and four points by Darius Pardner.

UCCS completed the comeback again as a George Pollard 3-pointer capped a seven-point run that tied the game at 55 with 9:44 remaining. The Mountain Lions kept it close the rest of the way but were never able to reverse to lead.

Trailing just 58-57 with 8:07 remaining, UCCS went ice cold, failing to score for nearly five minutes. Adams State was unable to take full advantage of the drought, scoring only four points over the same period.

But that missed opportunity was enough to doom the Mountain Lions, who got to within two twice but could get no closer as the Grizzlies made 10 straight free throws down the stretch.

Pollard and Hill, neither of whom tops 5-foot-10, scored 14 and 11 respectively for UCCS, which dropped to 1-7, 0-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Jeff Isaac added 13 points and matched Joell Crawford for the team lead with four rebounds. Hill also had four assists.

Jack Osborn led Adams State (5-0, 2-0 RMAC) with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Robby Hanzlik added 12 points and Jamiko Verner had seven assists.

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