Eagles Shoot Past Mountaineers, 85-73

Photo Courtesy: CSC Sports Information

The Chadron State College men’s basketball team caught fire early in its game Friday evening in the Chicoine Center versus visiting Western Colorado University. The Eagles hit 7 of their first 10 threes, and shot 54.7 percent overall from the floor, winning 85-73 in Chadron over the team which began the evening closest to them in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference standings.

CSC began the night a remarkable 18-of-25 from the floor, spanning 15 minutes and doubling up the Mountaineers 48-24 with under four minutes to play until intermission. Three Eagles – Jacob Jefferson with 12 points, Brady Delimont with 11, and newcomer Deundra Roberson with 11 – were in double figures scoring by the midpoint.

The 24-point lead was CSC’s largest of the game.

WCU chipped into the Eagles’ lead before half, however, hitting four of its final six field goals to go on a 12-0 spurt. CSC went cold from outside, and the Eagles led only 48-36 at the break.

Chadron State controlled the entire second half, as the Mountaineers never got back within single digits.

Jefferson hit back-to-back threes near the 10-minute mark to stretch CSC’s lead back to 20, and he tacked on a pair of free throws on his next trip down the floor.

A few plays later, Roberson’s fast break dunk following a steal, and his layup on the ensuing possession, seemed to seal the deal for the Eagles at 74-53 with under eight to play.

Western’s Elijah Davidson stalked the paint down the stretch, and he was instrumental in keeping the game interesting. The freshman guard from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, scored eight points, out of his 10 total for the night, in the final eight minutes. He also added three blocked shots and a steal over that stretch of time.

The Mountaineers cut it to 81-71 at around a minute remaining, on a Jaelan McCloud trey, but Marcus Jefferson’s perfect 6-of-6 free throw shooting under five minutes kept a rally from materializing in the end.

Jacob Jefferson finished with 24 points for the Eagles, matching his career-high. Roberson finished with 18, on 7-of-9 shooting including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Delimont scored 14.

Marcus Jefferson was the all-around teammate of the night for the Eagles. In addition to his six points, all scored at the line, the junior guard led the team with nine rebounds and eight assists. As of the end of Friday’s games, he was third in the league in helpers per game.

Western’s Jaelan McCloud and Cole Sienknecht led the Mountaineers in scoring, with 11 points each. Three others reached the 10-point mark.

CSC held Western, a 37.9 percent shooting team from three-point range entering the game, to its second-lowest percentage, at 33 percent.

The Eagles improved to 3-3, all in conference play, tying them with three other teams for fifth in the standings. The Mountaineers fell to 2-5, with a 2-4 RMAC mark.

The final order of the standings in the league will be determined by an RPI formula laid out in a document linked to the men’s and women’s basketball schedules at ChadronEagles.com. Five teams must complete at least 11 games each in order to have a league championship.

CSC has rescheduled both its men’s and women’s basketball home games against Black Hills State, originally slated for Tuesday, January 19, to instead be played on Tuesday, January 26, in Chadron. Both will count as RMAC contests.