UCCS battles through adversity, ready for second half

Posted at 11:18 PM, Jan 01, 2020

The UCCS men's basketball is off to 7-3 start to their season and head coach Jeff Culver points to his team's ability to focus on the day as a big reason for their success.

"Today is the day we're the strongest, we don't have much control over yesterday or tomorrow," Culver said. "So that's really been my new year's resolution every year."

Well-rested after almost a two-week layoff, the Mountain Lions return to action this weekend when they travel to Utah to take on No. 13 Dixie State and Westminster in RMAC play.

It has been a season of adversity for Culver's crew as star guard Daraun Clark (18.8 PPG) is set to miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury suffered in the team's 82-77 win against Colorado School of Mines.

However, heading into the heart of conference play, UCCS is working on finding new ways to win without one of their top talents.

"Coach said this morning, we're trying to reinvent ourselves every year, seems like every year people have new year's resolutions and they're trying to reinvent themselves," senior forward Blend Avdili (11.8 PPG) said. "We're trying to reinvent ourselves this weekend by playing great defense, talking, just the little things really are what is going to move us forward."

"It'll be tough, both teams are really tough defensively, so we just need to get our offensive mindset right and we'll be good," senior guard Padient Wang (16.6 PPG) said.

Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night.