Metro Pulls Away From Eagles 80-64



The Chadron State College men’s basketball team battled Metro State tooth and nail for the first 25 minutes of their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference clash in Denver on Friday night, before the Roadrunners went on a 19-0 run en route to winning 80-64.

Metro led 32-30 at halftime, but the Eagles took the lead twice early in the second half before the Roadrunners switched to a 2-2-1 zone that stalled the CSC offense. Meanwhile, the home team shot the lights out to break the game open.  The hosts hit 75 percent from the field during the first 11 minutes of the second half while going ahead 58-38.

Chadron State finally scored for the first time in over five minutes with 10:15 to play and got the difference down to 11 points–60-49–with 7:30 left, but the damage had been done.

Now 9-6 for the season and the winner of their last five games, the Roadrunners were led in scoring by 5-11 freshman Kobe Sanders, who hit six 3-pointers for the third time in four games this month and finished with 24 points.

Another big weapon was 6-8 sophomore Laolu Oke, who scored 15 points on seven of nine shooting from the field and grabbed 16 rebounds, 11 of them offensive.

The Eagles were led by 6-3 senior Brady Delimont of Ainsworth, who tallied a career-high 22 points while shooting seven of 11 from the field, including five of eight on 3-pointers, and making all three of his free throws.

Psalm Maduakor contributed 12 points while going three of four on threes for CSC.   

Overall, Metro was 31 of 59 from the field for 52.5 percent while the Eagles were 22 of 51 for 43.1 percent.  Both teams sank 11 treys. 

The Eagles will wrap up their regular season schedule tonight (Saturday) by playing at Colorado Christian. The Cougars, who were just 3-14 for the season, upset Black Hills State on Friday night 87-82. 

Chadron State is now 5-6 for the season.  It’s uncertain where the Eagles will be seeded for the RMAC playoffs, which are this coming week, if they win tonight, but their current ranking of fourth in the conference RPI is up for grabs if they lose. 

Chadron State–Brady Delimont 22, Psalm Maduakor 12, Deundra Roberson 9, Teddy Parham 8, Kayden Sund 5, Marcus Jefferson 4, Bryant Jefferson 4. Totals: 22-51 (11-25) 9-13 64 points, 31 rebounds, 17 turnovers.
               Metro State–Kobe Sanders 24, Laolu Oke 15, Maris Colton 14, Tyrei Randall 9, Keys Dixon 7, Christian Speller 6, Reggie Gibson 5.  Totals: 31-59 (11-22) 7-12 80 points, 35 rebounds, 14 turnovers.
               Chadron State           30           34        —-64
               Metro State               32           48        —-80
               3-pointers:  CSC–Delimont 5, Maduakor 3, Parham 1, Roberson 1.  MSU–Sanders 6, Randall 2, Colton 1, Dixon 1, Speller 1.