The humble winning streak ended for the Colorado State University Pueblo men's basketball team.
The pack was plagued 73-67 at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs' Massari Arena Saturday night. It was the first loss of the part of the 2021 season for the ThunderWolves, who had won twice in a row after the start of the season 0-4.
The Mountain Lions (2-3) took full advantage of the excess fouls and stepped to the foul limit to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference competition and complete the season run of the CSU Pueblo (2-5).
The ThunderWolves lost their first game of the season against the Mountain Lions 83-67 on December 10th. Saturday's loss resulted in a six-game home winning streak against UCCS.
"It's frustrating when we play hard (for) 20, 25 seconds in defensive possession and then smear a shooter," said Matt Hammer, CSU Pueblo coach. "The most important thing for us is that we are disciplined. One of our rules of defense is that we cannot tarnish the shooter. We have done that too often. We have to be smart and not have adapted."
Here are three takeaways from the Saturday game:
CHARITY STRIPE RULES
In a grind-it-out game, the Mountain Lions took full advantage of the physical game, hitting the free-throw line 32 times, and joining on the 26th.
The final 4 1/2 minutes were particularly troubling for the ThunderWolves as UCCS turned 14 of 16 out of the charity flick to claim the win.
CSU Pueblo committed 28 fouls and had two starters – Tre Brown and De & # 39; Shaun Cooper – foul. Brown is the pack's top scorer, while Cooper is fifth on the team in the standings and first on the rebound.
In fact, Cooper played just three minutes in the second half after a 16-minute stint in the first half. He finished with six points and seven rebounds.
CSU Pueblo only shot 16 free throws and made nine.
DECEPTION FIRST HALF
Although the pack shot 48 percent off the field, it followed the Mountain Lions 31-29 halfway. This is because nine sales were made and only three out of seven free throws were made. It did so after a 12-4 lead early on, before a 7-0 lead gave UCCS a 21-17 cushion six minutes before half.
UCCS made 18 points in the suit and had eight points from those turnovers and six points from second chance.
Each team used many players in the first 20 minutes, with both playing 10 players.
SALES REASONS AN EXPENSE
CSU Pueblo had 18 sales that led directly to 18 points. The mountain lions also had 10 second change points.
Additionally, the Mountain Lions outperformed ThunderWolves 38-29, 13 on the offensive. Alijah Comitheir led UCCS with nine rebounds and finished the race with 18 points, four behind Daraun Clark with 22.
"We gave up eight offensive rebounds and nine turnovers in the first half," said Hammer. "We gave them 17 properties and it was still a ball game."
CSU Pueblo only had one player in the double-digit range with 22 points in David Simental, 20 of them in the second half. He only played six minutes with two fouls in the first half.
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