Another close loss sends UCCS back on road to finish season

By Alex Cramer published February 23, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (5-19 / 4-17 RMAC) battled till the very end but it was not enough against Black Hills State University (6-19 / 5-16 RMAC) as they lost 62-65 at the Gallogly Events Center.

The first-half was kept close by the play of Derrick White who had 10 points early.

Both teams played a near identical first-half with Black Hills State holding a slight advantage shooting from the floor at 55.6 percent on the Yellow Jackets side and 47.8 percent for the Mountain Lions. That difference was reflected on the scoreboard by the count of 34-30 Yellow Jackets lead at the break.

In typical UCCS fashion this game came down to a few possessions in the final minute.

Just when it looked like UCCS had the momentum, Joey Mitchell hit a 3-pointer for Black Hills State to make the score 65-59 Yellow Jackets with 22.2 seconds remaining. Alex Welsh immediately answered back with a rare three of his own to bring UCCS within a score of 65-62.

A Darius Pardner steal with 4.9 seconds left gave the Mountain Lions one last chance to right any wrongs. An inbound to Alex Koehler saw the Yellow Jackets foul immediately to not allow any attempt at a tie. Koehler missed his second attempt intentionally but UCCS could not secure the rebound as time expired.

White and Welsh end up with 19 and 18 points respectively.

The loss was the Mountain Lion's sixth of the season of five points or less. White and Welsh combined for 73 points on the two nights games - accounting for almost 56 percent of the offense.

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