Men’s Basketball To Open RMAC Schedule At Home

Zachary Carlson/CSC Sports Info

The Chadron State College men’s basketball team kicks off Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play on Friday, at the Chicoine Center, hosting the Fort Lewis Skyhawks, followed by another home date with the Western Colorado Mountaineers on Saturday.

CSC’s four game winning streak is on the line when the 4-2 Skyhawks visit for their own league opener. Fort Lewis’s only two losses are to Angelo State, rated No. 3 in the current D2SIDA South Central Region poll, and Central Washington, who is receiving votes in the West Region. The Skyhawks are also receiving votes after beating unranked Division II opponents Eastern New Mexico and Western Oregon, plus a pair of non-NCAA teams.

Fort Lewis currently has six players averaging 10 or more points on the season, led by senior forward Riley Farris at 21.2 points per game in just 27.8 minutes. Joining Farris in double-figures are junior forward Brenden Boatwright (12.3), sophomore guard Akuel Kot (10.8), and a trio of senior guards in Will Wittman (10.7), JacQuess Hobbs (10.3) and Corey Seng (10.2).

The Skyhawks are No. 2 in the RMAC at free throw percentage, shooting 76 percent from the line, and they have seven players firing at more than 75 percent each.

Western Colorado, who plays at Black Hills State on Friday, is 1-5 after losing five straight to open the season and finding a win in a neutral-site game in Grand Junction over the NAIA’s Our Lady of the Lake (Texas). Of its five losses, two were at South Central No. 2 West Texas A&M, two were at home to NAIA schools, and the most recent was against Canadian school Simon Fraser in Grand Junction last Saturday.

The Mountaineers are last in the league in both scoring, yielding 81.3 points per game, and scoring margin, allowing an average of 9.7 more points than they put on the board.

Sophomore guard Matthew Ragsdale, who dropped 38 points on last Saturday’s opponent, leads his team with 17.8 points per game, followed closely by another sophomore guard, Avery Rembao, with 17.0.

CSC has been quick to fire from the three-point arc this season, leading all RMAC teams with 10.4 three-pointers made per game so far. Junior guard Marcus Jefferson has led the Eagles in that regard, currently sitting second in the RMAC in three-point shooting percentage with 17-of-27 makes from downtown. Senior guard CJ Jennings leads the team with 13.8 points per game, while Jefferson has 10.6 and Teddy Parham, Jr., contributes 10.4.

Both games get started following the women’s RMAC contests, which begin at 5:30 p.m. One admission is being granted for each two non-perishable food items donated to the CSC Food Pantry.

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