Billingsley Leads Balanced Scoring Effort in Win Against Cowboys

By Jared Verner published December 20, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Tim Billingsley led five Mountain Lions who scored in double figures with 17 points and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs shot 52 percent from the field as a team in a 92-75 win against New Mexico Highlands tonight in the Gallogly Events Center. The Mountain Lions (6-3 / 3-2 RMAC) won their second straight conference game for the first back-to-back RMAC wins since the 2011-12 season.

The Mountain Lions have finished with a field goal percentage of 50 percent or greater in three of the last four games. UCCS used an eight-point run near the midway point of the first half and never looked back. The Mountain Lions led for the final 32 minutes tonight and never trailed by less than 12 points in the second half. 

Tonight marks the fifth 90-point game of the season, the best in program history through the first nine games. The 6-3 start to the season is the best in seven years and the 3-2 conference record puts the Mountain Lions sixth in the RMAC standings.

Billingsley went three-of-six from the three-point line, helped by back-to-back treys to start the second half, and six-of-10 from the field overall. Dalton Patten, who missed last Saturday's game at Regis because of injury, returned to the court with 14 points and six rebounds. Darius Pardner led the bench with 14 points.

Alan Paul led both teams with seven rebounds, and Derrick White matched his career-high four blocked shots. UCCS held New Mexico Highlands to 39.7 percent from the field, the lowest against a UCCS opponent since Nov. 23, and the lowest in a conference game since Feb. 15 of last season.

Up Next: UCCS will close out the 2013 calendar year against Western New Mexico on Saturday night in the Gallogly Events Center. The Mustangs (1-7 / 1-4 RMAC) fell to Colorado State-Pueblo earlier tonight 91-61.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Tim BillingsleyTim Billingsley34GJr.
Dalton PattenDalton Patten0FSo.
Derrick WhiteDerrick White14GSo.
Darius PardnerDarius Pardner1GJr.
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