Give credit where credit is due...the HU Cowboys deserved this win, but they sure like to make it exciting AND close, winning in the last seconds, 84-81, over Western State College of Colorado Mountaineers and Alex Hart's double-double (18 points, 12 rebounds). The 'Pokes outside perimeter shooting (53.8% on 3's), and four players shooting double figures (Marcus Williams 24,Momcilo Latinovic 17, Billy Austin 15, and Mike Moody 10) made the difference. Western State made some valiant comebacks; down by 7 at halftime, they closed the gap a few times, and finally tying it at 81-81 with less than 2 minutes left in the game.
During this 2-minute period, Highlands made four consecutive turnovers, giving Western State a golden opportunity to win, but they couldn't convert. Highlands Lionel Coleman was fouled and made 1-2 from the charity stripe to break the tie, 82-81 and Billy Austin added two foul shots to seal the win, 84-81.
What was spectacular during this game was Marcus Williams five steals and the guarding of Alex Hart by Billy Austin. That was a show unto itself!