(Neb.)- Eagles Hosting Orediggers, Lions This Weekend
(Chadron)- The Chadron State College basketball teams will be back home this weekend, hosting Colorado School of Mines on Friday night and Colorado-Colorado Springs on Saturday night.
The Eagles visited those teams two weeks ago. This will be the first weekend that RMAC teams play previous opponents for the second time this season.
The CSC women slipped past Colorado Springs 78-74 behind 33 points by all-star Taryn Foxen and Jori Peters’ free throws in the final 15 seconds for the game’s final four points. However, the next night, Colorado Mines made six of seven 3-point shots in the first quarter to take a 28-6 lead and went on for a 93-48 win.
The Lady Mountain Lions are 6-15 for the season and 5-10 in the conference while the Lady Orediggers have a six-game winning streak, the longest in the RMAC, and are 14-6 overall and 11-4 in the conference to share third place with Fort Lewis and Western State. Colorado Mesa at 14-1 and Westminster at 12-3 hold down the two top spots.
The Chadron State men were highly competitive when they played this weekend’s opponents two weeks ago, but couldn’t hold on to the leads and lost both contests.
The Eagles led 63-58 with 12 minutes left at Colorado Springs, but the Mountain Lions went on an 11-0 run and continued on for an 89-79 verdict. They outscored the Eagles 44-22 in the paint.
CSC owned a 16-point lead with 13 minutes remaining against Colorado Mines, was still ahead by five with 6:08 left, but the Orediggers made all 10 of their final field goal shots, half of them treys, also made their last seven free throws and won 95-87.
Keeping the other teams from going inside to score has been a persistent problem for the CSC men. Black Hills State and South Dakota Mines combined to outscore the Eagles 90-52 in the paint last weekend.
Coach Houston Reed said the Eagles are scoring enough points to win college games, but have to find a way to grab more defensive rebounds and “take away some points at the rim.” He added that the way his players work on a daily basis is unbelievable, and knows they’ll continue to fight.
Colorado Mines is 10-5 in the RMAC, good for third place, while Colorado Springs is one of four teams tied for fourth with 9-6 records. After winning 13 in row, Black Hills State leads the conference at 13-2. Dixie State is second at 12-3.
The CSC women are 5-19 overall and 3-18 in the conference. The men are 3-18 and 2-13. Each RMAC team has seven conference tilts remaining.
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