Last Saturday, both the men and women’s basketball teams had their last game of the regular season. Colorado College played host to University of Dallas’ men’s and women’s teams. Unfortunately, the University of Dallas emerged the victor of both games.
CC’s women’s team played a tough game. University of Dallas had a seven-point lead with only a few minutes left in the first half. The Tigers briefly shrunk the margin down to only two points, but University of Dallas came back to finish the first half with a five-point lead. Then, midway through the second half, University of Dallas gained a 19-point lead, and CC was never able to fully recover. CC lost with a final score of 49-58.
The women still performed impressively in the game despite the loss. Freshman forward Korbyn Ukasick put up a game-high 13 points and snagged eight rebounds. This marks the 16th time that this talented freshman has scored in the double figures.
Junior guard Courtney Tyus followed close behind with 12 points. Tyus also contributed three assists. In CC’s program, Tyus is ranked fifth in assists in a single season with 118 assists.
This conclusion to the regular season brings the women’s record to 2-23 overall and 2-12 in the SCAC.
The men’s loss against University of Dallas was a heartbreaking one, including a last-second basket. It was a close game throughout; in the final minute and a half of the game, CC recovered from a five-point deficit to take the lead. Senior guard Jake Tramultolo sunk the three-pointer that placed CC in the lead.
The score was 66-65 with only 39 seconds remaining. But University of Dallas put in a layup with around eight seconds left, and the game ended in a CC loss, 66-67.
Junior forward Chris Lesnansky scored a game-high 22 points. In his last home game, senior guard Ryan Milne put up 18 points and contributed five assists. Also a senior, Tramultolo finished his final regular season with 500 career points.
The men’s record is now 16-7 overall and 9-5 in the SCAC. Last year, the men’s team was the runner-up in the SCAC Championships.
The 2014 SCAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships will be hosted by Trinity University in Texas. CC’s men’s team is the fourth seed, and the women’s team is the seventh seed. On Friday, Feb. 28, the men’s team will get another chance against fifth-seeded University of Dallas in the second game of the tournament. Also on Friday, the women’s team will play against second-seeded Trinity University.