UCCS Men’s Basketball officially started off their season on Nov. 12 as they headed down to Wichita Falls, Texas to take an 87-78 win over Midwestern State.
Both teams traded baskets early, keeping the game close. Redshirt sophomore guard William Becker and sophomore guard Alijah Comithier put up the first two sets of points of the new season. Junior guard Jon’il Fugett followed with back-to-back threes to get UCCS going.
The team continued to put on a show through the entire first half as they were without the lead for just 91 seconds. They entered the second half with a 45-36 lead after shooting 53% from the field.
MSU came into the second half ready to take back the lead. MSU quickly cut the UCCS lead to just three, bringing the score to 51-48.
Redshirt sophomore forward Wyatt Dolberry came off the bench and instantly put eight points, knocking down two threes and giving UCCS the 59-56 lead.
The Mustangs continued to push back, tying the game again at 63. That didn’t last long as UCCS took control with the help of Comithier, who would go off for an 18-point half.
Comithier ended the season opener with 30 points, shooting 10-13 from the field and 9-13 from the free throw line.
UCCS then turned around to take Cameron on Nov. 13 in Lawton, Oklahoma. The Mountain Lions continued their strong start to the season, taking the win in this game 84-66.
Both teams started out slow offensively until Becker knocked down a three for the first points of the game and got UCCS rolling.
UCCS took a 20-10 lead with five straight points from redshirt senior guard Geoff Kelly. The Mountain Lions continued to dominate the first half, pushing their lead to 19.
Cameron put together a run before the end of the half, cutting the UCCS lead to 14. The Mountain Lions did not slow down coming out of the half with Kelly heating up to score eight points and extending the lead to 23.
Cameron made an attempt to come back, cutting the UCCS lead to just 10, but UCCS continued to push forward, keeping a 16-point lead and taking their second win of the season.