Mountain Lions Go for Eighth Straight Win at Chadron
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will take its No. 10 regional ranking north in the final regular season road trip, starting Friday at Chadron State. The Mountain Lions (16-6 / 13-5 RMAC) and Eagles (9-14 / 7-12 RMAC) tip off at 7:30 p.m., at Chadron's Armstrong Gymnasium.
A win for either team would have postseason implications for both teams. Chadron State needs the win to remain in contention for a spot in the RMAC tournament, while a win for UCCS would move it closer to clinching a first round home game and keep the NCAA regional hopes alive. A loss for the Eagles would mathematically eliminate them from the conference tournament.
UCCS could clinch a first round home game on Friday, but would need losses but other teams to make it happen that early. A win for the Mountain Lions, coupled with losses by Fort Lewis at Metro State, Colorado State-Pueblo at Black Hills State and Colorado Christian at Western New Mexico, would clinch a home quarterfinal game in the Gallogly Events Center on March 4.
The Mountain Lions have won their last seven games, and can match the longest winning streak in program history with a win at Chadron State. A win would also set the single-season program win record, breaking a tie that the 2013-14 UCCS team shares with the 2006-07 season. The Mountain Lions have already clinched their sixth conference tournament appearance and the first since the 2009-10 season.
Derrick White begins the weekend 12 free throws short of tying to UCCS career record with 314 free throws in less than two full seasons. He needs 14 more free throws to match his own season record with 150 free throws in 2013-14. In overall scoring, White is tied for No. 10 with 861 career points and needs seven points to move into a tie for eighth and 25 points to tie for seventh. He has averaged 29 points and 10.3 free throws in the last three games.
UCCS is on pace to break the season scoring average record with 85 points per game this season, and on the defensive side is ranked in the top 20 of Division II in rebounding margin and defensive rebounds. Alex Welsh is fourth in the RMAC with 5.3 defensive rebounds and fifth with seven total rebounds per game to lead the Mountain Lions in both categories. He is also shooting 51 percent from the field and averaging 13.7 points per game.
UCCS won the first meeting with Chadron State earlier this season 98-82 on Jan. 25 in Colorado Springs. The Eagles have won their last three home games and are led in scoring this season with Zac Bargen's 11.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Fans can follow the game with live stats through Chadron State, and with pay-per-view video streaming through America One Sports. Fans in Colorado Springs can also watch the game for free at Clyde's, located on the lower level of the University Center on campus. Parking in all campus lots will be free for fans.
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