Pack returns favor, downs UCCS on the road

Pack returns favor, downs UCCS on the road

CSU-Pueblo gains vengeance for New Year's Eve loss to Mountain Lions.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ( - Feb. 4, 2012) - On New Year's Eve, there was no reason to celebrate for the ThunderWolves.

UC-Colorado Springs had torn the hearts out of the Pack in the final seconds, eking out an 85-84 win on the ThunderWolves' home floor and giving the Mountain Lions points in the "Steel & Silver Series", an all-sports competition between the two schools.

Saturday, as the Pack invaded a packed Gallogly Events Center on the UCCS campus, with an entire student body primed and ready for the ThunderWolves to lose again, it was the Pack that left the arena with its heads held high, upending UCCS 76-71.

The Pack showed all-around strength throughout the game, hitting clutch threes, especially in the second half, and forcing UCCS to foul on a number of occasions and getting key points from the charity stripe.

CSU-Pueblo got a game-high 19 points from Colorado Springs-native, Bryse Velasquez (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), who was cold as ice from the line, going 8-for-8, and a strong game in all facets from Ty Trahern (Sr., Kit Carson, Colo.), who netted 10 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists and four steals. 

But some of the biggest shots might have come from Jed Knafelc (So., Highlands Ranch, Colo.), who scored a career-high 16 points, including 4-for-6 on three-pointers, helping the ThunderWolves to maintain the lead for the final 12 minutes of the game.

CSU-Pueblo's win also is vital as it tries to claw its way back into the RMAC playoff race.  CSU-Pueblo improves to 10-10 overall and 7-9 in RMAC play, putting it a game out of the top eight in the conference standings.  The ThunderWolves will return home next weekend when it hosts Adams State and Fort Lewis in two very crucial games.