Denver, Colo.: (By Dylan Docker) The Regis University men suffered their first loss of the 2011-2012 season Tuesday night at the Regis Fieldhouse, falling 84-81 to the Sterling College Warriors. Regis (1-1) held on to a slim lead in the first half, but Sterling (3-6) surged to take a permanent lead.
The Warriors built a modest four-point lead early in the first half, but Regis stormed back with an 11-2 run, during which junior guard Breen Weeks scored five points. Regis took advantage of Sterling miscues by scoring 11 points on eight turnovers, while Sterling only managed two points on three Regis turnovers.
The Warriors made up the difference with heavy contributions from the bench, which accounted for 12 first half points against no points from the Regis bench. Regis failed to connect on several shooting opportunities in the final minutes, allowing Sterling to open up a 38-30 lead at halftime.
The Warriors maintained their momentum to build a 17-point lead in the first five minutes of the second half. However, Regis refused to fade away and mounted an impressive rally in the final ten minutes with a 17-5 run. Weeks again sparked the rally with six points in that span. Junior guard Dionte Goodlett contributed three clutch 3-pointers to keep the Rangers in the game, but the Warriors connected on 6-of-6 free throw attempts in the final 30 seconds to hold off the home team and notch their third victory of the season.
Senior guard Trenton Stutzman paced the Warriors with 24 total points, including four 3-pointers in four attempts. Sterling outshot Regis across the board, hitting 29-of-48 field goals (60.4%) and 8-of-11 three-point shots (72.7%). The Rangers connected on 33-of-67 field goal attempts (49.3%) and only managed six 3-pointers in 20 attempts (30.0%).
Junior forward Demitrius Owens picked up his second double-double in as many games. Owens scored 17 points and led the Rangers with 14 total rebounds. He topped off his solid performance with three steals in 34 minutes of play.
Weeks rounded out his deficit-trimming efforts with a strong overall performance. In his 33 minutes of play, Weeks led the Rangers in points scored (18) and assists (4). He also tied Owens for the team lead with three steals.
The Rangers return to action after Thanksgiving to take on Northern New Mexico. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. MST on November 25 at the Regis Fieldhouse.