Mountain Lions Clinch RMAC Tournament Spot with Sixth Straight Win

By Jared Verner published February 14, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Alex Welsh led the University of Colorado Colorado Springs with 21 points and eight rebounds as the Mountain Lions (15-6 / 12-5 RMAC) won their sixth straight game and clinched a spot in the 2014 RMAC Shootout with a 94-91 win against Adams State (14-7 / 10-7 RMAC) tonight at the Gallogly Events Center.

Welsh led an offense that shot 54 percent from the field and 58 percent from the three-point line with five Mountain Lions in double figures. TreShawn Wilford scored a career-high 18 points off the bench, helped by a 13-of-16 performance at the free throw line.

The win tonight ties for second in program records with the 15 wins in the 2000-01 season. It's one short of the record 16 wins from the 2006-07 season. The six-game winning streak is also the second-longest in program history, behind an eight-game winning streak in February 2001.

The Mountain Lions have qualified for the RMAC Shootout for the sixth time in program history and the first time since the 2009-10 season. UCCS is alone in third in the conference standings with tonight's win and a loss by Fort Lewis at Colorado State-Pueblo with five games left in the regular season. The top four teams will host one of the quarterfinal games on March 4. UCCS is one game ahead of the Skyhawks going into Saturday's game between the two teams at the Gallogly Events Center.

UCCS took its first lead of the game on Dalton Patten's third three-pointer of the season with 17 minutes left in the first half. The Mountain Lions never trailed for the rest of the half, and led by as many as 12 points with 8:13 left in the half but led by nine points, 48-39, at halftime.

The Grizzlies opened the second half on a 9-2 to run cut the halftime advantage down to two points with 18:12 left to play. Adams State made it a two-point game again less than two minutes, and again with 1:21 left to play at 91-89. A dunk from Patten with 1:10 left on the clock push the Mountain Lion lead back to four points at 93-89, and after the Grizzlies scored a jumper on the next possession to close it back to two points with 53 seconds left, Welsh made the second of his two free throws with 4.9 seconds to play to clinch the 94-91 victory.

Derrick White scored 16 points in 23 minutes of action, his second-shortest appearance of the season after he picked up two early charging fouls in the first half. Tim Billingsley went two-of-two from the three-point line and finished with 11 points, and Patten finished with 10 points on four-of-five shooting from the field.

The Mountain Lions were shooting 60 percent from the field at the under-10 media timeout of the second half, and finished with 54 percent for the best home performance of the season. The 58 percent from the three-point line was the season and the best since Dec. 17, 2010 (62.5 percent vs. Western New Mexico).

Up Next: UCCS will look to continue the win streak and begin to position itself for postseason seeding on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., against Fort Lewis. The Skyhawks (14-7 / 11-6 RMAC) lost to Colorado State-Pueblo earlier tonight 71-55.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Alex WelshAlex Welsh25FSo.
TreShawn WilfordTreShawn Wilford2GFr.
Dalton PattenDalton Patten0FSo.
Tim BillingsleyTim Billingsley34GJr.
Derrick WhiteDerrick White14GSo.
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