CSC Men Hold On To Top Metro State 67-64 On New Year’s Eve

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The Chadron State College men’s basketball team didn’t have much room to spare, but closed out the Old Year on a high note by defeating Metro State of Denver 67-64 Saturday evening in the Chicoine Center.

The win improves the Eagles’ record to 7-4 overall and 4-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Metro State is now 4-8 and 1-5. 

It’s CSC second win over Metro State in their last 3 meetings, but just the fourth in the last 22 times they’ve played.

The Eagles led for nearly 28 of the 40 minutes and were up by 14 points with 14 minutes remaining. However, the Roadrunners kept gnawing away at the lead and went ahead 59-58 on a put-back by their leading scorer, Caleb McGill, with 2:28 left on the clock.

McGill, a 6-8 sophomore, would score five more points on 2 layups and a free throw, but the Eagles maintained the lead when Bryce Latimer wove his way the length of the court for a layup and both he and senior guard Marcus Jefferson sank a pair of free throws in the final 27 seconds.

The Denver team got off a 3-point shot with a couple of seconds remaining that could have tied the score, but it didn’t connect.

Both Robinson and McGill finished with 18 points. Isaiah Wyatt, who was 4-of-4 on 3-point shots, added 15 for the Eagles.  Brayden Maldonado was 3-of-6 from behind the arc while scoring 14 points for Metro.

Neither team shot as well as usual.  The Eagles were 21-of-58 for 36.3% and the Roadrunners made 23-of-59 for 39% after both entered the game shooting over 46% from the field. Both made 7 treys, but the Eagles outscored the visitors 18-11 at the free throw line.

Coach Shane Paben said he was proud his Eagles found a way to win. He noted they were “a little bit off,” but added that was understandable because it was their first game since Dec. 9 after two were postponed by blizzard conditions, followed by a two-week Christmas break.

Chadron State is to make up the postponed contests by playing at Regis in Denver on Monday and at Colorado-Colorado Springs on Tuesday.   

                Metro State—Caleb McGill 18, Brayden Maldinado 14, Tyrei Randall 10, Jayden Kennis 7, Quave Propst-Allison 7, Yaw Reneer 4, Ghage Kenan 4. Totals: 23-59 (7-21) 11-15 64 points, 41 rebounds, 16 turnovers.
                Chadron State—Josh Robinson 18, Isaiah Wyatt 15, Bryce Latimer 7, Porter Anderson 6, Jarrett Taylor 6, Marcus Jefferson 4, MJ Foust 4, Martin Poznanovic 4, Pat McLachlan 3.  Totals: 21-58 (7-15) 18-26, 67 points, 40 rebounds, 11 turnovers

                Metro State                24             40          —64
                Chadron State            32             35          —67

                3-pointers:  MSU—Maldinado 3, Randall 2, Kennis 1, Propst-Allison 1. CSC—Wyatt 4, Taylor 2, McLachlan 1.