Mountain Lions Take on Yellow Jackets on Blackout Night
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs men's basketball team will look to continue one of its best home starts in program history tonight when the Mountain Lions (9-6 / 6-5 RMAC) host Black Hills State (7-8 / 5-6 RMAC) at 7:30 p.m., in the Gallogly Events Center. The game will be part of the annual Blackout Night activities with the UCCS student body.
UCCS is 4-2 at home this season, the third-best start behind the 2006-07 season (6-0) and the 1997-98 season (5-1). The Mountain Lions started the season 4-0 for the second time in program history before facing the top offenses in the RMAC last weekend in Colorado Christian and nationally-ranked Colorado Mines. The Mountain Lion offense is ranked fifth in the conference and is on pace to break the program record for scoring average by more than two points.
That offense is one of the most balanced in the conference, with five student-athletes averaging nine or more points per game. Derrick White is leading that offense with 19.2 points per game, good for fifth in the RMAC, and is on pace to finish fifth in program season records for points per game. He's the only student-athlete in the conference ranked in the top five for points, blocked shots and assists.
Alex Welsh's 6.4 rebounds per game is leading the top rebounding team in the conference in all total, offensive and defensive rebounds. He's also averaging 13.0 points per game behind White with 52 percent from the field, and is one of four Mountain Lions shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
Black Hills State enters tonight one game behind UCCS in the conference standings at the midway point of the season, and with a 4-0 record against the Mountain Lion in the all-time series. The Yellow Jacket offense is led by Tommy Earl's 17.5 points per game and 54 percent field goal shooting.
Fans can follow tonight's game with live stats through GoMountainLions.com, and through pay-per-view video streaming on America One Networks. Fans in the Pikes Peak Region with xfinity service can also watch the game on channel 20.
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