LAKEWOOD, Colo. — The Cowboys men’s basketball team opened Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play Friday night and decided 40 minutes was not enough. New Mexico Highlands (4-1, 1-0 RMAC) went into double overtime to knock off Colorado Christian 102-100 in a thrilling contest.
With the score tied at 97 in overtime, senior Mannie Cass nailed a triple while being fouled to put Highlands in the lead for good. He made the ensuing free throw to score his 35th point, a new career high. Both teams split from the line before Colorado Christian’s Lance Vesper hit a lay-up to draw the Cougars within two. The Cowboys missed a jumper with 22 seconds left, but the defense did not even allow a final shot from CCU.
For the game, four senior Cowboys scored double-digit points. Besides Cass’ career high, Lavell McDade chipped in 23 points — the third-straight game he reached double-digit scoring. Stuart Sullivan narrowly missed the double-double, coming off the bench for 17 points and nine rebounds.
Stargell Love finished with 10 points.
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Senior China Smith recorded her second double-double of the season (21 points and 13 rebounds) for the Cowgirls, but it was not enough as Highlands (3-1, 0-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) lost to Colorado Christian (3-2, 1-0 RMAC) 95-65.