Mountain Lions Win for First Time in Alamosa Since 2009

By Jared Verner published December 7, 2013

ALAMOSA, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs took an early lead and Derrick White made a pair of free throws with 1.4 seconds left to secure the 97-93 win for the Mountain Lions (4-2 / 1-1 RMAC) tonight against Adams State (3-2 / 0-2 RMAC) in Plachy Hall. It was the first win in Alamosa against the Grizzlies since 2009.

Darius Pardner scored a team-high 19 points to lead five Mountain Lions who finished with double-digit points. The Mountain Lions led from start to finish and by as many as 22 points with 11 minutes and 37 seconds to play.

UCCS held Adams State, the RMAC's top scoring offense coming into tonight, to a season-low 36 points in the first half. The Mountain Lions shot63 percent from the field in the first half to lead 52-36 at halftime, its largest first half scoring output since Dec. 5, 2009.

After Alex Koehler's three-pointer at the 11:37 mark, the Grizzlies scored the next 14 points to cut the lead to 82-74 with nine minutes remaining. Adams State put together a seven-point run a few minutes later to cut the lead down to two points at 85-83 with just under six minutes to play. The Mountain Lions never let the Grizzlies take the lead, and after Adams State missed a go-ahead three-pointer with four seconds left, the Grizzlies fouled White with 1.4 seconds left, who secured the 97-93 win for the Mountain Lions.

Alan Paul finished the game with a season-high 16 points and went eight-of-nine from the field. White scored 13 points for his 13th straight game with double-digit points. Tim Billingsley added 12 points and Alex Welsh finished with 10 to round out the Mountain Lion scoring leaders.

Up Next: The Mountain Lions will remain on the road next weekend in Denver for games against Metro State and Regis. UCCS will take on the No. 6 Roadrunners on Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., in the Auraria Events Center in downtown Denver.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Derrick WhiteDerrick White14GSo.
Darius PardnerDarius Pardner1GJr.
Alex WelshAlex Welsh25FSo.
Alex KoehlerAlex Koehler22GJr.
Tim BillingsleyTim Billingsley34GJr.
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