(Neb)-Icy Shooting Does In Eagles
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- A forgettable shooting night for the Chadron State College men led to a lopside 94-49 loss on the road to Colorado Mesa University, who was just 2-11 coming into the game.
Chadron State (2-11, 2-7 RMAC) was once again undermanned because of injuries, playing only 7 men for meaningful minutes, and 4 of those went a combined 2-of-38 from the floor.
The Eagles were competitive for most of the first 10 minutes, but their cold shooting - especially from 3-point range - killed their chances of recovering by using the long ball. They made only 2 of 29 attempts from beyond the arc and were just 15-of-60 overall.
"We had guys who made shots for us last Saturday who didn't shoot well tonight," said CSC head men's basketball coach Houston Reed. "They were the same shots. They weren't bad shots. That leads to transition issues, it leads to matchup issues, and it leads to confidence issues. There was a lot of bleeding going on tonight and we were unable to stop it in a lot of aspects."
The Eagles started out competitive - rebounding, forcing turnovers, and drawing fouls early in the contest. Warren Gordon started 2-of-4 from the floor and sank two early free throws to help CSC to an 8-6 lead at 14:40 in the first half.
The Mavericks then heated up from three-point range - at one point hitting on three straight attempts - to open up a 12-point lead and never looked back. Six different CMU players scored in double digits.
A bright spot for CSC was forward Jordan Perry hitting 5-of-5 from the floor and 6 of 7 from the free throw line to finish with a team-and-season high 16 points for the junior, who is playing through a preseason ankle injury.
Gordon also shot well, hitting 6-of-12 field goals including 1-of-3 from long range to record 15 points.
Reed says the challenge for his team is to put the lopsided loss to the Mavericks behind them and focus on their next challenge: Saturday night at Western State.
"These are the times we have to test ourselves as people. I don't have to beat these guys up about this game tonight, because they know what happened. The challenge, as it has been all season, is not to point fingers, to look inside, and to come up with solutions rather than drum up problems. We'll hit those shots tomorrow."
The Western State Mountaineers are also struggling, currently sitting last in the RMAC at 1-7 in the RMAC and 2-10 overall. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
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