Mountain Lions Fall on Buzzer Beater at Colorado Mesa

By Jared Verner published January 10, 2014

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Alex Welsh scored the go-ahead layup with five seconds left, but Colorado Mesa drove the length of the court for the buzzer-beating layup as the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (9-4 / 6-3 RMAC) fell 83-82 to Colorado Mesa (8-6 / 6-4 RMAC) tonight in Brownson Arena. It was the first loss for the Mountain Lions in nearly a month and snapped a five-game winning streak.

The Mountain Lions used a 15-2 run late in the first half to take a 34-29 lead with 3 minutes, 33 seconds remaining. It was part of a larger 25-11 run for UCCS at the end of the half that led to a 44-39 lead for the Mountain Lions at halftime. Derrick White scored 12 of his team-high 26 points in the first half.

UCCS put together a 12-2 during a three minute stretch in the second half for a 61-51 lead with 12:46 to play. The Mavericks responded with a 10-4 to cut the game down to four points, and cut the game down to a one possession game at 70-68 with seven minutes remaining. Colorado Mesa tied the game at 74-74 with 4:17 to play, and took its first lead of the second half at 79-78 with 1:33 to play.

The Mavericks were ahead 81-80 with 47 seconds to play, and drew the game clock down to 19.9 seconds before a turnover provided a UCCS out-of-bound play on the opposite end of its basket. White drove down the right side of the lane before passing it to Welsh for the go-ahead bucket with 4 seconds left. The Mavericks moved it quickly down the court, where Joe Kiely made a layup on the right side as time expired.

White finished with his third consecutive 20-point game and was nine-of-18 from the field. He also led the Mountain Lion rebounding effort with eight rebounds, his most since Dec. 6.

Welsh scored 17 points and recorded seven rebounds. True freshman TreShawn Wilford scored 14 points to help UCCS outscore the Colorado Mesa bench 32-10.

Up Next: UCCS will return home to the Gallogly Events Center start a four-game homestand next weekend. The Mountain Lions will welcome undefeated and No. 11 Colorado Mines (12-0 / 8-0 RMAC) for a 7:30 p.m., game on Jan. 17. The Orediggers defeated Regis 87-49 earlier tonight.

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