Big first-half run too much for Grizzlies
No. 25 Skyhawks snap ASC's 10-game Plachy Hall win-streak
ALAMOSA, Colo.— The nation’s No. 25 Fort Lewis College Skyhawks used a 16-0 run while outscoring the Adams State College Grizzlies 27-5 over the last 15 minutes of the first half as they raced to an 82-59 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win, Saturday night in Plachy Hall.
The Skyhawks, led by 19 Ryan Jameson points, won a program-record 13th straight game while improving to 17-3 overall and to 12-1 in the RMAC. The Grizzlies, who saw a 10-game home-court winning streak that dated back to Feb. 15, 2007, fell to 14-7 and four games behind the visitors in the RMAC West Division standings with an 8-5 conference mark.
The Grizzlies got off to a good start and took a 14-7 lead on a Marcus Mortensen (Cortez, Colo.) 3-pointer with 15:01 left in the first half before a Trent Bowman three just 1:10 later started FLC’s comeback.
The Skyhawks ended up taking a 16-15 lead on a Jameson layup at the 8:51 mark before Sean Amos (Philadelphia, Pa.), who finished with 13 points, answered at the other end giving the lead back to the Grizzlies.
However, it would be all Fort Lewis for the rest of the first half as two Jameson free throws and a long distance call by the 6-foot junior guard started the big run that was way too much for the Grizzlies to overcome.
Jameson finished the night 6-for-10 from the field and 3-for-6 from 3-point land. He also had a game-high seven assists as the Skyhawks shot 62.5 percent (15-24) from the field in the second half and 50.0 percent (29-58) overall.
The Grizzlies, held to a 27.6 percent (8-29) effort in the first half, ended the night hitting just 39.3 percent (22-56) of their shots, the team’s second lowest percentage of the season.
Devon Manning, who made three treys, also aided the cause with 13 points and eight rebounds. DeAndre Lansdowne and Bowman were also in double figures, coming off the bench to score 11 points a piece.
Grizzly senior Rece Hampton (Greenwood, Miss.) dominated the early going scoring half of his team-high 14 points to give the Grizzlies a 7-5 lead on a 3-pointer. He also finished with five rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots just a night after recording 27 points and 14 rebounds in ASC’s 90-85 overtime win over Mesa State on Friday.
Brandon Graber (Hutchinson, Kan.) also played well for ASC registering 12 points and eight rebounds, a career-high total that was five better than his former single-game best.
A perfect 7-0 at home before Saturday night this season, the Grizzlies will wrap up a 4-game home-stand on Tuesday night against Colorado State-Pueblo, which came from 10 points down at the half to claim a 61-54 home win over Mesa State on Saturday.
The ThunderWolves, who defeated the Grizzlies in Pueblo less than two weeks ago, are now 9-11 overall and just two games behind the Grizzlies in the RMAC West Division standings at 6-7. Mesa State is also 6-7 while Western New Mexico is sandwiched between at 7-6.
Tuesday’s game will tip off at 8 p.m. and can be heard on KSPK-FM (103.5 & 104.1 in Alamosa) and via the internet at www.kspk.com.