21-3 run dooms Mountain Lions
COLORADO SPRINGS - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs ultimately could not overcome a 21-3 run by the University of Nebraska-Kearny Lopers as the Mountain Lions lost 93-63 Friday night at the Gallogly Events Center.
A 45-36 score at halftime told the story accurately in this one as UCCS trailed almost the entire first-half as well.
Jeff Isaac tried to single-handedly rally the Mountain Lions down the stretch in the first-half as he scored on three consecutive possessions and lead all UCCS scorers with 12 points at the break.
Much like the first-half, Jeff Isaac appeared to be the only Mountain Lion who could find success in this one as his three points were the only scoring UCCS saw during a 21-3 Loper run to open the second-half that broke the Mountain Lion's back.
UCCS shot below average in the first-half at 40 percent but shot very poorly in the second-half at an even worse 30 percent.
Nebraska-Kearney on the other-hand shot an exceptional 50.7 percent from the field and even more impressive 47.6 percent from behind the arc on going 10 of 21 on 3-pointers.
One of the many shooting surprises by UCCS tonight was their lack of success from behind the arc at 17.6 percent. The Mountain Lion's trademark this season thus far has been to run-and-gun, shooting an RMAC second-best 39.7 percent from long range coming into tonight's contest.
Isaac had a team and season-high 15 points on the night for UCCS. Jake Darby contributed with 11 points of his own while hauling in five rebounds. Jordan Carter chipped in 11 points in 12 minutes off the bench.
Chris Deans had a game he'll be hard pressed to duplicate anytime soon as he scored a Loper-high 24 points that came mostly off phenomenal 3-point shooting, going 6-8 on the night.
Teammate Mike Dentlinger wasn't far behind at 23 points and a team-high nine rebounds falling just short of a double-double.
University of Nebraska-Kearney improved to 10-5 overall and 8-4 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The win puts the Lopers in firm control of their own destiny as they look to host an RMAC playoff game later in the season.
UCCS now drops to 7-11 and 6-6 in the RMAC.
The loss puts the Mountain Lions in a five-way tie for fifth place in the conference where the top eight teams make the end of season playoff.
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