Strong Second Half Sends Mountain Lions to Win Against Black Hills State

By Jared Verner published January 24, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - TreShawn Wilford finished one rebound short of his first collegiate double-double and Derrick White came two points away from his career-high with 29 points as the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (10-6 / 7-5 RMAC) crused for an 81-52 win tonight against Black Hills State (7-9 / 5-7 RMAC) at the Gallogly Events Center. The win marks the first 10-win season for the Mountain Lions in four seasons.

The 29-point win was also the largest margin of victory in a conference game since Jeff Culver became head coach before the 2012-13 season. The 50 rebounds tonight were the second most of the 2013-14 RMAC season, and the 29.5 opponent field goal percentage was the lowest since Dec. 15, 2012.

The Mountain Lions gave up a seven-point run early in the game and trailed 7-2 after the first three-and-a-half minutes of action. UCCS retook the lead after the 10-minute media timeout after a three-point play by White with a layup and free throw. Dalton Patten tied it back for the Mountain Lions on their next possession on a dunk, part of a 8-0 run for Patten that put UCCS ahead at 19-17 with 7:14 to play.

The Mountain Lions wouldn't trail for the rest of the game, and used a strong defensive performance through a majority of the second half to build a 38-point lead with 6:20 to play. UCCS held Black Hills State to no field goals for more than 11 minutes during the second half, and no points for more than five minutes before the 10-minute timeout.

It was the first win in program history against Black Hills State, a series of five games that started in the 2009-10 season. The win also moved the Mountain Lions into fifth in program records for victories in a season.

Wilford more than doubled his previous season-best in rebounds and recorded his third double-digit scoring game since Jan. 10. White went 10-of-11 at the free throw line and nine-of-14 from the field for his 29 points, his 15th career game with 20 or more points. Patten finished with 12 points and shot 67 percent from the field.

Up Next: UCCS takes on Chadron State (7-9 / 4-8 RMAC) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., in to complete a four-game homestand. The Eagles fell 94-88 to Colorado State-Pueblo tonight.

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