UCCS hits record 16 3-pointers, scores blowout win against Cougars
LAKEWOOD, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs made a school-record 16 3-pointers and ended its six-game losing streak as the Mountain Lions ran away with a 105-66 victory over the Colorado Christian Cougars Saturday evening at the CCU Events Center.
Darius Pardner and Jake Darby scored 28 and 26 points respectively, the top two scoring outputs of the season by a UCCS player. The previous high was 25 by Matt Heydman on Nov. 24.
And speaking of outputs, the 105 points was the most by a UCCS men's basketball team since Jan. 17, 2009 when the Mountain Lions scored 105 in an overtime loss to Western State. That last time UCCS scored more than 105 in a regulation game was Dec. 20, 2008 - a 114-108 loss to New Mexico Highlands. The last time the Mountain Lions scored as many in a win was on Nov. 24, 2006, a 105-86 win over Carroll College.
Three other Mountain Lions scored in double digits on Saturday, led by George Pollard's 15. Alex Koehler (14) and Kyle Clark (11) were the other two. Clark and Nolan Baker led the team with six rebounds and Pollard had a team-best four assists.
The 16 3-pointers came on just 28 attempts, giving UCCS a 57.1 percent success rate. The Mountain Lions were efficient from the field overall (50.8 percent) and the foul line (87.9 percent) as well. UCCS is shooting 38.9 percent from 3-point range so far this season which, if it continues, would also be a school record.
Luke Gilliam led Colorado Christian (1-6, 0-3 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) with 18 points. Kyle Weaver added 15 points and five assists.
The Mountain Lions improved to 2-8, 1-3 RMAC.
After an Abram Ziemer layup gave the Cougars a 29-26 lead with 6:48 remaining in the first half, the Mountain Lions found a new gear. UCCS made eight of its 12 field goal attempts over the final six-plus minutes, including three 3-pointers by Pardner. The 23-7 run gave the Mountain Lions a 49-36 halftime lead, their first since Nov. 18.
The lead was 12 (58-46) when UCCS went on a game-breaking 16-0 run, six of which were scored by Darby.
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