UCCS Takes on Host Team to Finish Northwest Nazarene Classic

By Jared Verner published November 23, 2013

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NAMPA, Idaho - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (2-1) will look to rebound from Friday night and continue on one of its best starts in program history on Saturday, when the Mountain Lions face Northwest Nazarene (1-2) at 5 p.m. The game will conclude the Northwest Nazarene Classic at the Johnson Sports Center.

UCCS dropped its first game of the season, 78-74, to the College of Idaho last night. Darius Pardner scored 18 points to lead three Mountain Lions in double digits, and Nolan Baker finished with a career-high 10 rebounds. Northwest Nazarene lost last night 73-65 to Montana Western, and was led by Kevin Rima's 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Mountain Lions have held a rebounding advantage in every game this season, all by 10 or more rebounds. It's the longest stretch with a margin of 10 or more rebounds since another three-game stretch from Feb. 5-9, 2002. UCCS is leading the RMAC with 46.3 rebounds per game and second in rebounding margin.

Six Mountain Lions are averaging 10 or more points per game, helping to a team scoring average of 83.7 per game, the best start since the 2007-08 season. Alex Welsh and Derrick White are expected to be back in the lineup tonight after they combined for 35 points last Saturday night against Oklahoma Panhandle State.

As a potential point of comparison, Northwest Nazarene and the College of Idaho played each other earlier this month as part of the Mayor's Cup (both schools are located in neighboring towns outside of Boise).  College of Idaho won that matchup 93-83 in what counted as an exhibition game for Northwest Nazarene.

Free live video and live stats will be available through the Northwest Nazarene Stretch Internet portal. The game will also be shown live in Clyde's, located on the lower level of the University Center. Parking on campus is free for the showing.

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