White Leads Mountain Lions for Seventh Time Against N.M. Highlands

By Jared Verner published December 14, 2012

LAS VEGAS, N.M. - Derrick White led the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in scoring for the seventh time in nine games this season with 21 points as the Mountain Lions (0-9 / 0-5 RMAC) lost a one-point lead with four minutes remaining in a 77-71 decision to New Mexico Highlands (4-4 / 2-3 RMAC) tonight in the John A. Wilson Complex.

UCCS brought down a season-high 48 rebounds as a team and out-rebounded the Cowboys 48-41. Alex Welsh led both teams with eight rebounds.

A nine-point run early in the first half, with scoring from four different Mountain Lions, provided a 16-13 lead for UCCS seven minutes into the game. White converted on two free throw attempts near the 10-minute mark for his seventh and eighth points of the night and expand the lead to 20-15 for the Mountain Lions.

UCCS didn't trail again until the 4:28 mark of the half and tied New Mexico Highlands three times in the final four minutes. The Mountain Lions trained by one, 34-33, at halftime.

The Mountain Lions scored on the first two possessions of the second half to take a 38-34 lead in the opening minute. The Cowboys took their first lead of the game four minutes later and the game stayed within two possessions until the 10-minute mark. After going down by nine points with 8:14 left, White scored the first four points of a 10-1 rally, with the final six points coming from Neiman Lee to tie the game at 61-61 with 4:59 remaining.

A three-pointer from Darius Pardner on the next possession made it a 64-63 lead for the Mountain Lions, and he made a pair of free throws on the following possession to maintain the one-point advantage at 66-65 with 3:55 left. A tough stretch from the field in the rest of the game, offset by 75 percent shooting at the free throw line, allowed the Cowboys to take back the lead and hold on for the 77-71 decision.

White went two-of-three from the three-point line and matched his season-high with seven rebounds as one of five Mountain Lions with five or more rebounds. Pardner scored 17 points off the bench for his best performance of the season, while Neiman Lee and Alex Welsh finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Mountain Lions have outrebounded their opponents in five of the last six games and is averaging a margin of six rebounds per game in the span. The 48 boards tonight were the most since 48 rebounds in the last road game with New Mexico Highlands on Jan. 28, 2012.

Up Next: UCCS closes out the 2012 calendar year at Western New Mexico (4-5 / 3-2 RMAC) tomorrow night, Dec. 15. Tip off from Silver City, N.M., is set for 7:30 p.m.

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