Second chance points spell disaster for UCCS

By Alex Cramer published February 19, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs could not shoot their way to victory in this one as they fell to the Adams State Grizzlies 89-74 Friday night at the Gallogly Events Center.

During the national anthem prior to tip-off, Adams State lined-up 18 men dressed in uniform. If it hadn't been for the baskets and lines on the court one might have thought they were a small platoon in the United States Army.

Maybe the platoon images was intended by Adams State coach Louis Wilson whose players played with more desperation than the Mountain Lions on this night.

In the early going the Adams State players seemed to even out number the UCCS players on the court since everywhere you turned a Grizzly was involved in a play.

Four steals by Adams State in the first two-and-a-half minutes foreshadowed a long evening.

UCCS managed to stay in the game during the first-half due to their ability to hit 3-pointers, going 4-of-13, and Adams State's inability to hit free throws where the Grizzlies went 4-of-12.

The aggressive Grizzlies were often their own worst enemy in this one with 21 total turnovers that kept the Mountain Lions in it.

UCCS used those extra possessions to keep it close most of the first-half, even leading by as many as six, but trailing 39-33 at the break.

The second-half saw Adams State exert their inside dominance via the likes of Kaimyn Pruitt, Shayar Lee and Jack Osborn who had 16, nine and eight rebounds respectively.

As a team Adams State out-rebounded UCCS 59-37. The Grizzlies then used these rebounds to the tune of 29 second chance points.

It also seemed as if every time you looked up an Adams State player was back at the free throw line where The Grizzlies took a total of 46 free-throws only making 24 of them for a poverty-stricken 52.2 percent.

UCCS was lead in scoring by George Pollard whose 18 points came mostly off of five 3-pointers. Jake Darby (17), Kyle Clark (13) and Alex Koehler (10) all had nice outings as well.

The loss dropped UCCS to 7-16 overall and 6-11 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference while Adams State improved to 17-4 overall and 13-4 RMAC.

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