Mountain Lions Go For Program's Best Start Tonight

By Jared Verner published January 9, 2014

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The chance to go on the best start in program history awaits the University of Colorado Colorado Springs men's basketball team tonight when the Mountain Lions (8-3 / 5-2 RMAC) take on Western State (0-12 / 0-8 RMAC) at Paul Wright Gym in Gunnison, Colo. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m., in the highest collegiate gym in the world.

A win would be the first 9-3 start in program history, a game better than the 8-4 record from the 2006-07 season. It would move the Mountain Lions into ninth in single-season wins at UCCS and be the most wins since the 2010-11 season. The win would also extend the current winning streak to five games, the second-longest in program history.

The Mountain Lions have scored at least 80 points in the last four games and are on pace to break the single-season scoring average record by more than three points. UCCS is coming off of its first 100-point game in more than two years, and is doing it with one of the most balanced offenses in the conference. Four Mountain Lions are averaging in double figures, a feat that is behind only Colorado Mines and Colorado State-Pueblo.

On the defensive side, UCCS is coming off of its most dominant rebounding performances of the season. The Mountain Lions out-rebounded Colorado State-Pueblo by 24 rebounds (53-29), the best rebounding margin since Dec. 18, 2009, when UCCS held a 30-rebound advantage against the ThunderWolves. The Mountain Lions lead the RMAC with 43.3 total rebounds per game and 29.8 defensive rebounds per game, and rank No. 15 in NCAA Division II with a +9.8 rebounding margin.

Derrick White earned RMAC Offensive Player of the Week honors after a 27-point and seven-assist performance against CSU-Pueblo, but also did it with a program record six blocked shots. He ranks in the top 100 of Division II in assists (29th), blocked shots (48th), total assists (95th) and total blocked shots (92nd). Alex Welsh is also ranked in the top 100 of the nation with 57.6 percent from the field.

Western State will be playing for its first win of the season. The Mountaineers have gone to double overtime twice in the conference season. Jordan Adams leads Western State with 15.6 points per game.

Fans can follow tonight's game with live stats through Western State and with live video streaming through America One Sports.

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