Lawrie carries ThunderWolves to big win over UCCS

Lawrie carries ThunderWolves to big win over UCCS

Shot block in closing seconds delivers win for Pack.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ( - Jan. 3, 2011) - Kris Lawrie (Sr., Gardena, Calif.) knew he had to make amends.

With 11 seconds remaining, Lawrie was standing at the free-throw line as the ThunderWolves had a tenuous 69-66 lead.  One charity bucket would effectively bury UC-Colorado Springs in a road conference game.

And despite entering this visit to the line 7-for-8 from the line on the night, he tanked both shots.

Instead, Lawrie rectified the situation seconds later, stuffing a three-point attempt by Ben Feilmeier and dooming the Mountain Lions for good, helping deliver a 70-66 win.

Lawrie was certainly the star, scoring 21 points, his third 20-plus-point game of his career, providing a huge lift on a night where the next-highest-scoring ThunderWolf had 10 points (Leon Flowers (So., Wichita, Kan.)). 

The wild ending capped a back-and-forth game that saw both teams unable to open up a lead of more than four points for most of the night.  The Pack had a late flurry, going up by nine with three minutes remaining.  But the Mountain Lions' 6-0 run up until Lawrie's shot block nearly nixed that game-high advantage.

With the win, CSU-Pueblo, now 5-6 and 2-5 in RMAC play, will return home to face Mesa State and Western State this Friday and Saturday.

The win also gave the Pack a lift in the "Steel and Silver Series", the all-sports competition between the two schools.  Each school is awarded four points for a season series win in the ten sports the two schools share.  Entering the men's game, UCCS had an 18-4 lead on CSU-Pueblo, just five points away from clinching the year-long competition.  The Pack's win assured at least a season split, putting the current score at 18-6.