By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (March 14, 2015) — Even for a guy who averages north of 25 points and has now topped 30 in three straight games, Derrick White was at another level Saturday night.
White has made prolific the norm of late, and was at his absolute best at Wisdom Gym in Stephenville, amassing 50 points to lead Colorado-Colorado Springs past Colorado School of Mines in a regional quarterfinal, 90-87.
It was the first NCAA playoff victory in school history for No. 4 seed Colorado Springs, who takes on No. 1 seed Tarleton State at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The regional final is at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
It seemed ridiculous when White scored 22 points in the first half, and outlandish when he exploded for 28 more in the second half. He went 15-30 from the floor and 15-19 from the foul stripe to outscore the rest of his team by 10, and was the only Mountain Lion to reach double figures.
Trevor Ritchie scored 24 to lead five Mines players in double figures. Caleb Waitsman had 16, Gokul Natesan 15, Brian Muller 12 and Adam Laine 10.
Behind White, Darius Pardner scored 9 for Colorado Springs, while Dalton Patten and Alex Welsh each had eight.