Mountain Lions Hold Off Cowboys for Fourth Straight Win

By Jared Verner published February 1, 2014

LAS VEGAS, N.M. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs used an 18-3 run in the first half to take a 17-point lead in the opening half, and held off a late New Mexico Highlands rally for a 92-88 win against the Cowboys tonight in the Joe A. Wilson Complex.

The Mountain Lions improved to 13-6 and 10-5 in the RMAC with its fourth straight win. The win tonight against the Cowboys (10-9 / 7-8 RMAC) and the loss by Fort Lewis to Adams State moved UCCS into third in the conference standings with seven games left in the regular season. The top four teams after the end of the season will host one of the quarterfinal games in the RMAC tournament.

UCCS jumped out to an early 9-0, its best start to a game this season, but Highlands answered with a 14-4 run to take the lead with 14:09 left in the half. Dalton Patten scored on the next two possessions to put the Mountain Lions back up ahead at 17-14, and UCCS went on its 18-3 run after the under-10 media timeout to lead 38-21 with 3:38 remaining in the half.

The Mountain Lions led 44-29 at halftime, and led by at least 10 points until the final 67 seconds of the game. UCCS led by as many as 22 points midway through the half and was shooting better than 50 percent from the field for the first 15 minutes of the half. Highlands closed out the game on a 24-9 run, but the Mountain Lions made four of its six free throws in the final 30 seconds to secure the win.

Dalton Patten scored 18 points to lead five Mountain Lions in double figures. He went six-of-eight from the field and six-of-seven at the free throw line. Derrick White earned his third double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Alex Welsh finished one rebound away from his third double-double of the season with 18 points. His nine rebounds, along with the 12 rebounds from White and seven rebounds from Patten, were part of a 52-rebound team performance and a 16-rebound advantage against the Cowboys.

Up Next: UCCS will return to Colorado Springs next Saturday to face Colorado State-Pueblo in the Second Annual Downtown Classic. The Mountain Lions and ThunderWolves will tip-off at 7:30 p.m., on the new court at the historic Colorado Springs City Auditorium at 221 East Kiowa.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Dalton PattenDalton Patten0FSo.
Derrick WhiteDerrick White14GSo.
Alex WelshAlex Welsh25FSo.
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