UCCS Edges Eagles In Close Game At Chicoine

Com Marshall

The Chadron State College men’s basketball team was in a dogfight with visiting University of Colorado Colorado Springs, on Saturday evening in the Chicoine Center, but the Eagles came up just short in a 66-60 loss to the Mountain Lions in Rocky Mountain Athletics Conference play.

The Eagles won the first half, but lost the second and the final score. The game was marked by 16 lead changes and 10 ties, nearly all of which occurred in the first half. Both teams’ largest lead was eight.

The Mountain Lions’ largest lead came twice in the first half, at 13:07 and 6:01 on the clock. Both times, CSC was back on top within about five minutes. The Eagles led 35-32 at the half.

In the second half, CSC went up by its largest margin when junior guard KJ Harris landed a three-pointer and senior guard CJ Jennings put in a layup for the first two buckets of the period. The Eagles led 40-32 with 18:30 to play.

A 14-2 run by UCCS made it 46-42 Mountain Lions at the 12:11 mark. The visitors never led again by more than two possessions, yet they hit 11-of-14 free throws in the second half, while CSC was 0-for-4.

Neither team shot the ball particularly well. CSC hit 50 percent in the first half, but dipped to 34.4 in the second, to finish at 41.7 for the game. UCCS was in the upper 30s in both halves to register36.8 percent.

Sophomore guard Alijah Comithier was the leading scorer for UCCS, putting up 26 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the floor and 13-of-14 free throw shooting.

The Eagles hit all five of their attempts from the foul line in the first half, while coming up empty in the second. UCCS had 15 more attempts and sank 13 more.

Sophomore forward William Becker had a game-high nine rebounds and was the only other Mountain Lions player in double figure scoring, with 10 points.

UCCS senior guard Jeff Kelly handed out a game-high seven assists.

The Eagles’ five starters contributed fairly evenly on offense, with Jennings scoring 15 to lead the team.

Junior guard Teddy Parham, Jr., led CSC with six boards.

The Eagles fell to 5-8, which was their season record in 2020-21, and 1-4 in RMAC play, while the Mountain Lions are now 8-2 (3-1 RMAC).

The RMAC weekend continues on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m., with New Mexico Highlands visiting the Chicoine Center.

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