Mountain Lions win a half, lose the game

By Alex Cramer published January 14, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS -- The University of Colorado Colorado Springs had no answer for Reggie Evans -- 28 points, 11 rebounds -- and the No. 5-ranked Metro State Roadrunners in a 89-78 loss Saturday night at the Gallogly Events Center.

After the Roadrunners ran out to a 52-38 half-time lead, the Mountain Lions  went on an 11-5 run to start the second-half that made the score 50-57 by the 15:06 mark. During that run however, UCCS big-man Kyle Clark picked up his fifth foul sending him and his inside presence to the bench for the remainder of the game.

With no Clark to protect the rim, the Mountain Lions were forced to try and outscore a Metro State team that owns the second-best scoring average in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference -- 76.69 per game.

And surprisingly UCCS did out score Metro State in the second-half 40-37. The only problem was it in no way made up for the twelve point deficit the UCCS dug for itself in the first-half.

A late 11-2 run by the Mountain Lions got started when Matt Heydman hit one of his three deep 3-pointers off a pass from Joell Crawford. Another 3-pointer by Darius Pardner, a Jeff Isaac put-back, and free-throws from Jordan Carter and George Pollard brought UCCS within a realistic five points of tying the game at 73-68 with 2:52 remaining.

A few quick buckets by Evans and company shortly thereafter put the Mountain Lions right back where they started though and it was a 10 point deficit again at 81-71 and UCCS couldn't recover.

While Evans may have lead the Roadrunners in points (28) and rebounds (11), teammate Jonathan Morse was not far behind at 21 points  and 10 rebounds as he too collected a double-double.

However, Morse may owe Metro State head coach Derrick Clark an extra suicide-sprint in practice this week as he missed the only Roadrunner free-throw of the night as Metro State went an unheard of 25 for 26 from the charity-stripe. 

In comparison, UCCS went 15 of 27 from the line.

Tied for the UCCS (7-10, 6-5 RMAC) team-lead in points were Pardner and Darby with 18 points apiece .

Metro State improved to 15-1 and 10-1 in RMAC.

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