Mountain Lions Go for Fourth Straight Win in Pueblo
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - After closing out 2013 with four wins in the last five games, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs men's basketball team will look to start 2014 with a win when the Mountain Lions (7-3 / 4-2 RMAC) take on Colorado State-Pueblo (6-4 / 4-2 RMAC) on Saturday in Massari Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
UCCS is on pace to have its best offensive season in program history. The Mountain Lions are averaging 84.2 points per game, a full two points greater than the program record of 82.2 points per game set in the 2006-07 season. Four student-athletes are averaging in double figures, and one two other teams in the RMAC have a more balanced scoring effort. One of those teams is CSU-Pueblo, who have six players averaging 10 or more points.
A win for the Mountain Lions against the ThunderWolves snap a three-game losing streak to CSU-Pueblo and match the season win total from the 2011-12 season. UCCS has already secured one of its best seasons in program history based on wins in a season, and a victory tonight would tie for ninth in season wins.
A win could also provide an early tiebreaker opportunity for the Mountain Lions at the end of the regular season. After last night's conference games, UCCS and CSU-Pueblo and tied for fourth in the RMAC standings with Fort Lewis and Colorado Christian. A win on the road at CSU-Pueblo would provide additional points in the tiebreaker scenario if both teams are tied at the end of the season. But, even though the early standings are promising, the conference still has 104 games among the 14 teams to play after tonight.
The Mountain Lions enter tonight's game with the RMAC lead in 42.3 total rebounds and 29.2 defensive rebounds per game. The defensive power has been balanced on the offensive side, where UCCS has shot 50 percent or better from the field in four of the last five games. Alex Welsh is third in the conference with 58 percent from the field this season.
CSU-Pueblo started the conference season with three straight wins, but closed out 2013 with two losses in the final three games. Nathan Tigner leads the balanced ThunderWolf offense with 13.8 points, while Wendell Lee is leading the defense with 5.8 rebounds per game.
Tonight's game will be available through live stats by CSU-Pueblo, but mobile users should follow the specific instructions when the game begins. M.J. Arjomandi will provide the audio commentary through USTREAM. Josh Howe and Joe Cervi will provide the call on the video stream through America One Sports, and the game will be rebroadcast on Sunday at 4 p.m., on Comcast Entertainment Television, available on xfnity channel 105 to 800,000 subscribers on Colorado's Front Range.
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