Mountain Lions Win Seventh Straight Behind White's 33 Points
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Derrick White scored the game-winning layup with 3.9 seconds to en route to a 33-point performance to led the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (16-6 / 13-5 RMAC) to a 76-74 win against Fort Lewis (15-7 / 12-6 RMAC) tonight in the Gallogly Events Center. It was the seventh straight win for the Mountain Lions.
The win keeps the Mountain Lions in third in the RMAC standings with a two-game lead against the nearest team with four games left in the regular season. The 16th win of the season matches the all-time single season record from the 2006-07 season.
The game saw 10 lead changes, split evenly between the halves. In the first seven minutes of the game, UCCS overcame a six-point deficit with a nine-point run and closed the half on a 6-1 run, helped by a late layup from White to make it a two-point game at intermission, 34-32 for the Skyhawks.
UCCS overcame a 10-point deficit with 14 minutes to play with a 17-2 run in the next eight minutes to take a 59-54 lead with 6:05 to play. The Mountain Lions kept their five-point advantage with 4:58 to play before Nick Tomsick took over the Fort Lewis offense and scored the next 11 points for the Skyhawks. UCCS was able to keep pace, but trailed 69-68 with 2:50 to play.
The Mountain Lions kept Fort Lewis off the scoreboard for the next two minutes and regained a three-point advantage at 72-69 with jumpers from White and Dalton Patten. The Skyhawks got to the free throw line twice in a two-second span with 34 and 32 seconds left on the clock, but only went two-of-four to pull the game to one point at 72-71. With the shot clock off, Tim Billingsley was fouled on the inbounds play after the second set of free throws, and converted on both to push the UCCS back to three points at 74-71.
The Skyhawks tied it with 15 seconds to play on the next possession off a three-pointer from Cade Kloster, and White scored the game-winning layup with a drive on the right side of 3.9 seconds left. Fort Lewis inbounded the ball and made a desperation shot from half court that was blocked by Billingsley as time expired.
The Mountain Lions went 18-of-21 at the free throw line in the second half to offset 52 percent shooting from the field by the Skyhawks. UCCS also held a 21-12 rebounding advantage in the second period.
White finished with his third 30-point game of the season and his second in the last three games. He moved to second in sophomore season records with 421 points this season and moved into a tie for No. 10 in career scoring records with 861 points in less than two full seasons. White will need five points to tie for ninth and seven points to tie for eighth in program history.
Patten made a three-pointer for the second straight night and finished with 14 points. He's scored in double figures in seven of the last eight games. Alex Welsh finished with 10 points and nine rebounds along with three blocks.
Up Next: UCCS will travel for the last time in the regular season next weekend for games at Chadron State and Black Hills State. The Mountain Lions will open with Chadron State (10-13 / 7-12 RMAC) on Friday at 7:30 p.m., in Armstrong Gymnasium.
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