UCCS Looks to go 3-0 Tonight in Idaho
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (2-0) will look to match its best start in program history on Friday night when the Mountain Lions take on the College of Idaho (6-2) at 5 p.m., in the Northwest Nazarene Classic. The game will be counted as an exhibition contest for Idaho, which is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
UCCS is outscoring opponents by 26 points in the first two games for the best offensive start to a season in program history. The offensive start has come while the Mountain Lions have missed some of last year's starters in the first two games, which will continue this weekend to close out the nonconference season.
Alex Welsh earned RMAC Offensive Player of the Week honors with a 19-point, nine-rebound performance last Saturday against Oklahoma Panhandle State. He's the first Mountain Lion since January 2011 to earn a weekly award from the conference office. Welsh was one of four Mountain Lions who finished the game with double-digit points.
UCCS has had student-athletes record double-doubles in each of its first two games with Alex Koehler against Johnson & Wales and Dalton Patten against Oklahoma Panhandle. The Mountain Lion defense has out-rebounded each of its opponents this season by an average of 14 per game, has 10 blocked shots (compared to six by opponents) and has 20 steals (compared to 11 by opponents). UCCS also posted its best scoring defense since January 2011 against Johnson & Wales when it held the Wildcats to 54 points.
Friday night will be the first meeting between UCCS and College of Idaho. The Yotes have won their last six games, all by double-digit margins, including a 93-83 win against Northwest Nazarene, when it was an exhibition game for NNU. College of Idaho has a new head coach this year in Scott Garson, who was an assistant at UCLA from 2006 through 2013.
Tonight's game will be available with live stats and free video, through Northwest Nazarene's Stretch Internet portal. The video will also be shown live in Clyde's, in the lower level of the University Center. Parking for fans who want to watch the game will be free after 4 p.m.
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