Men struggle in 2nd half, lose 2 home RMAC games
The Eagles (6-14, 4-12 RMAC after Friday night) took the first swing against CCU (12-10, 8-8 RMAC after Friday), building a double-digit lead early in the first half. Despite the fire that the Eagles came out with, CCU would go on to rain on that blaze, outscoring CSC 35-17 in the second half to steal the victory 66-53.
Although the Eagles outdid the Cougars on the glass, the story of the game was their inability to score as they normally would, shooting only 26 percent from the field in the second half. Committing their second highest turnover total of the season, 16, didn’t help their cause either.
Warren Gordon, junior of Indianapolis, led the team Friday with 12 points, four assists, and five rebounds. No other Eagle reached double figures, although Myles Robinson, sophomore of Chicago, came close with nine.
The Eagles looked to bounce back Saturday night against Colorado School of Mines, but fell short after allowing the Orediggers 51 second-half points.
While the Eagles (6-14, 4-13 RMAC) flipped the script posting a better offensive second half, their defensive struggles got the best of them. Holding Mines’ (17-6, 12-5 RMAC) leading scorer to just four points in the first half kept the game close. The trend would not continue in the second half, however, as he was able to reach his average of 21 points per game.
The Eagles shot 43.3 percent from the floor in the second half, but couldn’t make much happen from beyond the arc, making just two 3-pointers each half. The Orediggers, however, shot an impressive 80 percent in the half, allowing them to run away with the game.
“I feel like we could have played better defense in the second half,” Sharif Black, sophomore of Detroit, said. “We fell apart defensively and couldn’t hold either team in the second half, and weren’t very efficient on offense.”
Black was among three players to reach double figures, leading the way with 21 points – 19 of which came in the second half. Gordon finished with 16, and Billy Johnson, junior of Cedar Hill, Texas, chipped in 11.
Chadron State will play their last home games this weekend against the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Metropolitan State University of Denver. The game against Metro will be senior night for the Eagles. UCCS comes into the game with a 16-7 overall record, 12-5 in conference play. The Roadrunners are 10-13, 8-9 in the RMAC.
“Our mindset [going into the final games at home] is just to finish strong and be remembered as a tough, competitive team,” Black said. “We want people to know we were unselfish and that we played together this season.”