(Neb.)- CSC Men's Team To Play In Classic At Aberdeen
CHADRON, Neb. -- The Chadron State College men's basketball team will be back in action this weekend at the Dacotah Bank Classic hosted by the Northern State Wolves in Aberdeen, S.D. They will play the Sioux Falls Cougars on Friday and the Northern State Wolves on Saturday.
CSC lost to both teams at last year's classic--78-70 to Sioux Falls and 66-62 to Northern.
Sioux Falls is 2-1 so far this year. The Cougars edged Lincoln University of Missouri 64-63 and lost to Pittsburg State of Kansas 62-55 in a classic in Kansas City to open the season and beat Dakota State of Madison, S.D., 72-51 last Saturday night. The Cougars' 6-8 center, Pal Teathloch, has scored 45 points and grabbed 46 rebounds in the three games to lead his team offensively.
Northern State is 2-2 after losing to Southeast Oklahoma 75-64 and Southern Nazarene 67-61 in a classic in Bethany, Okla., and slipping past South Dakota Mines 69-63 and Black Hills State 83-81 while visiting western South Dakota last weekend. The
Wolves' 6-8 center, Parker Fox, is averaging 18 points and 12 rebounds.
The Eagles are 0-3, falling to Texas A&M International 75-65 and Texas A&M-Kingsville 67-66 while opening the season in Texas and then losing to Nebraska-Kearney 87-79 in Kearney in overtime on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
CSC Coach Houston Reed said his team has done some things well, but also "have beaten ourselves," primarily because of committing too many turnovers.
The Eagles have turned the ball over 78 times compared to the opponents' 45. The margin has helped the rivals launch 191 field goal attempts while the Eagles have taken only 148.
"We've shot the ball well, better than the opponents percentage-wise, but haven't gotten enough shots," Reed said. "We've been working on our ball-handling and getting everybody at the right spot at the right time. I think we'll do better, but also know both of our opponents this weekend are good."
The Eagles, who have shot 46.6 percent from the field compared to the opponents' 40.8, have been led by 6-4 senior Brian Rodriguez, who is averaging 22.3 points while shooting 68.8 percent (22-32) from the field, including 62.5 percent (10-16) from 3-point range.
Center Jacob Jefferson also has shot well, making 60.7 percent (17-28) of his field goal attempts, including 41.7 percent (5-12) from behind the arc, while averaging 13 points, second high on the team.
After the trip to Aberdeen this weekend, the Eagles will be idle until Saturday, Nov. 30 when they will play their first home game of the season by hosting Presentation College, which is located Aberdeen.
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