Metro in RMAC semifinals

Men's basketball tops UCCS

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Senior point guard Tony Dobbinson drives the ball down court after obtaining possession in the 82-77 win against UCCS at the Auraria Event Center March 1. With this win, the Roadrunners will travel to Durango to face Fort Lewis in the semifinals. Photo by Abreham Gebreegziabher.

The Roadrunners were out for revenge against UC-Colorado Springs in the RMAC quarterfinals March 1.

After dropping the final regular season game to UCCS just days before, Metro finished on top this time with the 82-77 win propelling them to the semifinals at Fort Lewis March 4.

Entering the game, the Roadrunners were the No. 4 seed while UCCS came in at No. 5. The rivalry between both schools was even more prominent with win or go home implications in order making for an aggressive game on both sides of the court.

In the final two minutes of the game, Metro was perfect at the free throw line going 6-for-6. For the game, the Roadrunners shot 78.8 percent from the line punching their ticket to the next round.

Junior forward Andre Harris goes up for a layup against UCCS forward Ian McDonald in the first round of the RMAC tournament March 1, at the Auraria Event Center. Photo by Brandon N. Sanchez

Junior forward Andre Harris goes up for a layup against UCCS forward Ian McDonald in the first round of the RMAC tournament March 1, at the Auraria Event Center.
Photo by Brandon N. Sanchez.

Senior guard Tony Dobbinson led Metro in scoring with 23 points along with five assists and three steals.

Junior forward/center Andre Harris scored 18 points and had four assists before fouling out in the second half.

“I need to be smarter when playing in games because they need me on the floor,” Harris said.

Sophomore center Bounama Keita led the Roadrunners in rebounds with 12 along with three blocks. Keita was disruptive on both sides of the court, relentlessly throwing his body into play.

“We’ve been playing for our seniors, we will do whatever it takes to capitalized and get a win,” Keita said. Our goal is to win the RMAC.”

From the start Metro was able to build a small lead after an 8-0 run launched by senior guard Eric Rayer.

With 13:47 to play in the half, the Roadrunners held a 18-9 lead. That lead was shortened as UCCS responded with a 7-0 run cutting Metro’s advantnage to 20-18.

Shortly after, Dobbinson and Harris made a splash combining six consecutive points for the Roadrunners building an eight-point lead with 2:45 to play in the period.

Senior forward DeShawn Phenix made a clutch three-pointer with 1:45 left in the half to give Metro a nine-point lead. The Roadrunners went into halftime ahead 39-34.    

Metro came out of the half with revived energy as they knocked down six quick points to extend their lead to 11. UCCS remained tough, cutting the lead to 50-44.

The Roadrunners weren’t the only ones committing consistent fouls as UCCS had two players ejected from personal fouls in the physical match up.

As foul trouble continued for the Roadrunners, UCCS scored eight points from the foul line over the next four minutes. Metro led by only two points, 67-65 at the 6:05 mark. The Roadrunners defense only allowed UCCS three field goals over the final minutes of the game.

Author: Nick Reilly

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