Fri Mar 7th, 2014
Special to the Drum
Former Ignacio Bobcat Alex Herrera helped Fort Lewis College gain the No. 4 seed into the postseason Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout after netting 22 points in an 84-80 defeat of Colorado Mesa University on Saturday, March 1.
Coming on the heels of a 14-point, 12-rebound effort the night before in a win – also inside FLC’s Whalen Gymnasium – over Western State Colorado University, a career-high 33 points up in a road win at Regis in Denver, and an 18-point, 11-board output the night before in a loss at No. 1-ranked Metro State, the big junior easily eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his Skyhawk career.
Herrera stood at 1,037 prior to FLC hosting No. 5 CSU-Pueblo on Tuesday, March 4, but results were unavailable by press time. Also, he has already swatted away 202 shots in his career – 92 coming so far this season, a new FLC best – leaving him six shy of Rich Hillyer’s Skyhawk standard.
Fort Lewis finished the regular season 17-9 overall, 14-8 in the RMAC.
Herrera’s 33-point outburst against Regis’ Rangers was accomplished by outstanding 13-of-16 accuracy from the field, and 6-of-9 from the foul line. And in addition to snaring 12 caroms, his lone rejection against RU was his 85th this season, re-setting the single-season record he’d set as a sophomore.