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UCCS men's basketball snags overtime win over Tarleton State

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Elijah Ross scored a career-high 30 points and made the game-tying field goals at the end of regulation and the end of the first overtime period as the University of Colorado Colorado Springs earned a 103-100 double overtime victory at Tarleton State. Dalton Walker earned his first career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Tarleton State shot 59 percent from the field and built a 13-point halftime lead at 51-38. UCCS held the Texans to no field goals in the first five minutes of the second half and narrowed the deficit to five points at 52-47. Isiah Wilson cut the Tarleton State advantage down to a single possession with a three-pointer with 12:25 to play in the half at 56-53, and a layup from Brandon Malone tied the game at 60-60 two minutes later.

The Mountain Lions took their first lead of the half at 66-65 on a three-pointer by Walker with 8:26 to play. The Texans responded with a 7-1 run and built a six-point lead at 77-71 with 2:37 to play. UCCS limited Tarleton State to four points in the final two minutes of regulation and scored on its final four possessions of the half, including a three-pointer by Ross with 13.6 points to play, and forced overtime tied at 81-81.

UCCS shot 46 percent from the field and 47 percent from the three-point line in the second half while the Mountain Lions held the Texans to 27 percent and 22 percent, respectively.

Both teams took nearly two minutes to score in the first overtime period, with Tarleton State the first to score with 3:22 left in the period. UCCS answered each of Tarleton’s field goals, with the last one with 4.5 seconds to play as Ross drove the right side of the lane for the game-tying layup. A three-pointer at the buzzer for the Texans was no good as the teams went into double overtime tied at 87-87.

The Mountain Lions took their first lead of the overtime periods on a jumper by Brandon Malone at 93-92 with 3:15 left in the second period. The team exchanged the leads on the next possessions as UCCS maintained its one-point advantage at 93-92 on a jumper by Justin Smith. Walker made one of two free throws to extend the Mountain Lion lead to 94-92 and a three-pointer from Kelly pushed the lead to five points at 99-94 with 1:23 to play.

A pair of free throws from Ross pushed UCCS past the 100-point mark for a 101-97 lead with 19 seconds to play, and a quick three-pointer in transition brought Tarleton State within one point at 101-100 three seconds later. A UCCS turnover on the inbound play provided the Texans an opportunity to take the lead, but a defensive rebound from Smith forced Tarleton State to start fouling. Ross made a pair of free throws with four seconds to play and a Texan turnover sealed the comeback victory for the Mountain Lions at 103-100.

Ross went 10-for-10 at the free throw line and eight-for-15 from the field with four 3-pointers for his 30 points, and led UCCS with five assists. Walker scored 13 of his career-high 19 points in the first half. Malone and Jonathan Barnes both scored 13 points and Smith led the bench with 10 points.

UCCS will open the 2017-18 home schedule Monday night in a 7:30 p.m., game against Johnson & Wales.

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