Jan. 6, 2004
GREELEY, Colo.- One of nine free throw shooting for the game doomed the University of Northern Colorado men's basketball team, who fell 68-64 to in-state rival Colorado-Colorado Springs on Tuesday night at Butler-Hancock Hall.
The Bears (3-12) and Mountain Lions (2-8) battled closely the entire game although the visitors had the upper hand almost the entire game. In fact, the game was so close that the teams were within five points of each other for all but 3:56 of the entire game.
UCCS went up by as many as seven twice in the first half before an Erik Olson layup cut the halftime advantage to only one at 37-36. The game was tied once in the first 20 minutes, at 26-26 with 6:26 to play.
The Mountain Lions extended their advantage late in the second half and led by eight points with 6:00 to play. But sophomore Vincent Jackson helped lead a UNC charge by dunking home a ball with 5:20 to play. The Bears looked like they were going to get a huge break when UCCS's Jimmie Pack was called for an intentional foul with just under five minutes to play An Olson free throw and basket off the intentional foul trimmed the lead to three points, although UNC could never tie the game up.
In a last ditch effort, UCCS's Jack Bain missed a layup with 33 seconds to play and Matt Kline buried a three-pointer on the other end to cut the lead to a single point. But following two Mountain Lion free throws, the Bears missed their three point opportunity with just over 10 seconds left.
Jackson's 18 points led four UNC scorers who were in double figures. Matt Kline, Erik Olson and Michael Frazier each added 11 points. Olson grabbed 10 boards to record his fifth double-double of the season.
Bain was a force both inside and out for UCCS, scoring 26 points and grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds. Jim Pecic (11) was the only other player in double figures.
While UNC shot just 11.1% from the charity stripe, UCCS was able to convert on 13-20 (65%) attempts. The Mountain Lions also held a 16-4 advantage in second chance points.
The Bears will not have much time for rest as they play the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday night in Boulder at 7 p.m. The matchup is the first between the two schools in 25 years.