Three Finish in Double Figures Against College of Idaho

By Jared Verner published November 22, 2013

NAMPA, Idaho - Darius Pardner led the University of Colorado Colorado Springs with a game-high 18 points and Nolan Baker pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds as the Mountain Lions (2-1) fell 78-74 to the College of Idaho (6-2) tonight in the Northwest Nazarene Classic.

UCCS led throughout the entire first half and led by as many as 15 points with 2:35 left in the half. Pardner scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half as the Mountain Lions led 45-36 at the break. UCCS shot 48 percent from the field in the first half and outrebounded the Yotes by nine, 24-to-15.

The College of Idaho made it a two-point game in just more than four minutes into the second half at 50-48. The Mountain Lions used an 8-1 run, with the first six points of the run from Kendall Godley, to take a 58-51 lead with 12:34 left to play.

The Yotes tied the game at 64-64, and then took their first lead on a layup with 8:03 left to play. Both teams stayed within a possession of each other and tied again at 74-74 after Dalton Patten converted on a pair of free throws with 1:54 remaining. Neither team would score again until 21 seconds left after the College of Idaho took a 76-74 lead on a dunk.

With no shot clock, the Mountain Lions played for the last shot and setup Alex Koehler for the game-winning three point shot with six seconds left. The College of Idaho earned the defensive rebound with two seconds left, and converted on a pair of free throws in the 78-74 decision.

Pardner went four-of-five from the three-point line and seven-of-nine from the field overall off the bench for the Mountain Lions. Dalton Patten and Tim Billingsley also finished in double figures with 16 and 13 points, respectively.

Up Next: UCCS will close out the 2013-14 nonconference season on Saturday night against Northwest Nazarene at 5 p.m. The Crusaders (1-2) lost to Montana Western in the second game tonight , 73-65.

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