Slow start in extra frame derails upset bid.
DURANGO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Feb. 11, 2011) - Playing in its fifth overtime game of the season, CSU-Pueblo suffered its fourth overtime loss Friday, watching as a tie at the end of regulation ended up as an 82-71 win for Fort Lewis.
Things were looking up for CSU-Pueblo as Kris Lawrie (Sr., Gardena, Calif.) buried a jumper with 26 seconds remaining, tying the game at 67, and a steal at the end of regulation by Andre Martin (Jr., San Diego, Calif.) ended the Skyhawks' bid for a game-winner on the final possession, sending the game to overtime.
But the overtime period couldn't have been worse for the ThunderWolves. The Pack missed two shots and committed two turnovers to start the overtime while Fort Lewis hit its first three field goals, including a back-breaking three-pointer by Daniel Steffensen at the 2:44 mark, which put the Skyhawks up by a nearly insurmountable 76-69 margin, setting the stage for their nine-point victory.
The Pack got numerous strong individual performances, including double-doubles by Lawrie and Daniel Pierce (Sr., Edgewood, N.M.) as well as the second-straight 20-point game for Nathan Tigner (So., Fort Worth, Tex.), who set a career-high with 21 points.
The loss, the third straight by the ThunderWolves and fourth in the past five games, dips CSU-Pueblo to 9-12 overall and 6-11 in RMAC play. With its loss to Fort Lewis, it splits the season series with the Skyhawks, who are currently in third place in the RMAC standings with a 16-5 mark.
CSU-Pueblo has another tough game in front of it, travelling to 14-6 Adams State to take on the Grizzlies.