UCCS drops game to rival CSU-Pueblo

By Alex Cramer published March 5, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs blacked-out first on its own blackout night as they fell 76-71 to Colorado State-Pueblo Saturday night at the Gallogly Events Center.

It seemed at times as if both teams were holding their breath, in hopes the other team would pass out first. Unfortunately, UCCS was the first team to run out of oxygen on this night.

Despite the 34-33 lead the Mountain Lions took into halftime, it wasn't the first-half it could have been, as defensive let downs made early UCCS'leads evaporate.

The Thunderwolves went on a 12-2 run midway through the first-half that ultimately defined the half and made what had been an all UCCS game a contest to write about.

The second-half started well with back-to-back buckets by Darius Pardner and Kyle Clark giving UCCS a five-point lead right out of the gates.

However, CSU-Pueblo's Jed Knafelc had a big second-half with three second-half three pointers that always came at the right time for theThunderwovles who took leads as big as 11 late in the game. Knafelc had 16 points on the night.

The Mountain Lions got it as close as three in the final minute but never really threatened the Thunderwolves.

Points off turnovers proved to be a big contributor to the Mountain Lion's misfortunes tonight as they watched CSU-Pueblo turn 17 UCCSturnovers into 23 Thunderwolve's points.

Matt Heydman lead UCCS in points (18) and gigantic blocks with one block on CSU-Pueblo's Andre Martin that put the seating room only crowd into a frenzy.  

Jake Darby also had a nice night with 15 points and nine rebounds, while starting-center Clark collected a game-high 17 rebounds.

Colorado Springs native Bryse Velasquez lead the way for the Thunderwolves with his team-high 19 points and four assists.

The loss dropped UCCS to 7-15 overall and 6-10 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference while CSU-Pueblo snuck by the Mountain Lions in the standings improving to 10-10 overall and 7-9 in the RMAC.


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