LARAMIE, Wyo. – Down 26 points in the second half, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs rallied to make it a two-point game with 6.2 seconds remaining but came on the short end of an 85-81 exhibition loss to the University of Wyoming at the Arena-Auditorium. Derrick White led both teams with 25 points.
The Mountain Lions put together a 12-0 run over a four-minute period midway through the second half to pull within 67-53 with 7:50 remaining. UCCS went on another 8-2 run to pull within a possession of Wyoming at 81-78 with 21 seconds left after White drove the left side of the lane.
It was White’s ninth straight game dating back to last season with at least 15 points. While the game won’t count in official records, it was the second-highest scoring total in his career.
UCCS started the game strong and Alex Welsh scored four of the Mountain Lions’ first eight points as UCCS took an 8-6 lead at the 16:40 mark. Wyoming regained the lead and UCCS stayed within two possessions of the Cowboys during the next seven minutes. White made it a one-point game at 21-20 off a three-pointer with 9:33 left in the first half.
Wyoming outscored UCCS 31-8 in the final 9:13 to take a 52-28 advantage at halftime.
The Mountain Lions cut it down to a 20-point game early in the second half after a layup from White, but the Cowboys took a game-high 26-point lead twice by the 11:46 mark. A dunk by Dalton Patten with 11:29 remaining was the start of seven straight scoring possessions for UCCS.
UCCS continued to chip into the lead with small scoring runs in the final 10 minutes. A scoreboard malfunction on a Mountain Lion possession with 1:10 left in the game setup an inbounds play that ended in two made free throws for White for an 81-76 game.
The Mountain Lions didn’t intentionally foul on the next possession to stop the clock, and Welsh collected the defensive rebound on the Wyoming missed shot with 34 seconds left. White’s driving layup with 21 seconds made it a three-point game at 81-78.
With no shot clock, UCCS fouled to stop the clock and Wyoming converted on its two free throws with 13 seconds left for an 83-78 game. True freshman TreShawn Wilford made a three-pointer on the next possession with 6.2 seconds remaining to pull the Mountain Lions within two points, 83-81, before the Cowboys made two free throws to close out the game.
UCCS had 10 student-athletes finished with rebounds, and eight had multiple rebounds, as the Mountain Lions outrebounded Wyoming 34-31. The Mountain Lions shot 61 percent from the field in the second half (28-of-62).
Welsh finished with 17 points, and went three-of-five from the perimeter. The three 3-pointers matched his entire season output from 2012-13. Tim Billingsley added 12 points with four rebounds.
Up Next: The Mountain Lions wrap up the exhibition season Nov. 8, in an 5:30 p.m., contest at Colorado State. The Rams will open the exhibition season against Regis on Saturday afternoon.