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(Neb)-Eagle Rally Falls Short At Northern State.

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/24/2018 10:36 PM
  ABERDEEN, S.D.--Once down to 18th-ranked Northern State by 22 points, the Chadron State College men's basketball team rallied Saturday night but fell short 66-62.

     The Eagles scored12 points in the final minute and 50 seconds, but time ran out in the non-conference clash that concluded Northern State's Thanksgiving Classic tournament.

     The Eagles led 16-15 after 11 minutes, but missed 8 of their next 9 field goal tries and trailed 34-24 at halftime. They also missed 6 straight early in the second half, allowing the Wolves opened a 47-25 lead.

     The Eagles did not fade into oblivion, though, and came back hard.  They sank 11 of their final 18 shots from the field and hit 12 of 13 free throws in the second half to make the game interesting down the stretch.

      "We didn't play with enough intensity at times, but finally got going and had our best offensive performance of the season during the last 14 minutes of the game," CSC coach Houston Reed said. "We're getting better, but have to keep working."

      Reed played his collegiate ball at Northern State under the late Hall of Fame coach Don Meyer, and both he and his wife are graduates of the school. This was the first time Reed had returned as an opposing coach.

    Both teams put three players in double figures.  Guard Michael Sparks, who had just one point at halftime, finished with 14 to lead the Eagles.  Center Adoum Mbang added 12 points and Brady Delimont 10.

       Forward Diontae Champion came off the injured list to score 9 points and Jeremy Ruffin contributed 8 while grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds for CSC.

      5-10 guard Ian Smith led Northern with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Justin Decker added 13 points, including three free throws in the final 25 seconds to help Northern keep the lead. Gabe King finished with 12.

               Both teams shot 41 percent from the field.  The Eagles were 22-54, including 5-10 from 3-point range. The Wolves were 22-53, including 7-23 from behind the arc., and out-rebounded the Eagles 42-28.

        The 2-5 Eagles open their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schedule at home this Saturday, Dec. 1 against Metro State of Denver in a men's-women's doubleheader that starts at 4 p.m. with the women's game.  

               Chadron State           24             38            ---62

               Northern State          34             32            ---66

Chadron State--Michael Sparks 14, Adoum Mbang 12, Brady Delimont 10, Diontae Champion 9, Jeremy Ruffin 8, Jaisean Jackson 4, Charles Gavin 3, Walker Andrew 2. Totals--22-54 (5-10) 13-17 62 points, 28 rebounds, 10 turnovers.

Northern State--Ian Smith 17, Justin Decker 13, Gabe King 12, Bo Fries 8, Mason Stark 7, Jordan Belka 4, Cole Dahl 3, Parker Fox 2.  Totals: 22-53 (7-23) 15-25 66 points, 42 rebounds, 9 turnovers.   


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