Eagles lose 2 exhibitions to D-I schools
The Eagle men’s basketball team started its season dropped two exhibition games against D-I schools.
Thursday, Nov. 3 in front of a rowdy crowd of more than 1,100, the Eagles took on a talented D-I opponent the University of Wyoming, Laramie, at Eastern Wyoming College, in Torrington. The Eagles fell to the Cowboys, 75-50.
Monday, the team fell to the University of Nebraska Lincoln Huskers 98-45 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.
In Wyoming, CSC created opportunities early, rebounding well and playing tough in the paint. Junior Bronte Corbray, of Seattle, opened the scoring, drilling a 3-pointer. After a few possessions of missed shots and turnovers, by both teams, Austin Hall, junior of Aurora, Colorado, went coast-to-coast, putting CSC up 5-2.
The Cowboys answered with a few layups of their own, took the lead 6-5, and never looked back. The Cowboys, utilized a large-size advantage and dominated in the paint. UW finished with 34 points inside, compared to CSC’s 16.
Despite not being able to score well from the field, the Eagles played sharp, only committing 11 turnovers, a slight advantage on UW’s 17.
Corbray led the team in the scoring column with 12 points and added four rebounds. The Eagles’ leading scorer from last season Warren Gordon, senior of Indianapolis, finished with eight points and four boards. Gordon also contributed three assists to spur the offense.
One player had a hometown advantage. Jason McManamen, senior of Torrington, Wyoming, led the Pokes with 15 points and four rebounds. Louis Adams, a 6-foot-4-inch, junior of Chicago, grabbed seven rebounds to lead all players. Adams also chipped in 10 points.
Monday the team traveled to the opposite side of the state, and despite struggling with an ankle injury, Eagle forward Jordan Perry, junior of Murrieta, California, led the team with eight points and pulled down three rebounds. Perry also added a steal to his performance.
“It was a great experience to play against a Big 10 school at Pinnacle Bank Arena in that type of environment,” Leigh Saffin, redshirt freshman of Warrnambool, Australia, said.
Sam Harvey, freshman of West Bromwich, England, was unable to contribute any baskets to the Eagle’s effort. However, Harvey walked away as the team’s leading rebounder with five during his 13 minutes of play.
Saffin was good for two of five 3-point shots and one rebound.
Both Darius Polley, junior of Amarillo, Texas, and Corbray racked up six points and grabbed four rebounds. Polley also made three of his nine attempted baskets.
Gordon managed to add five points for the Eagles. With a total of three, the senior guard led the Eagle men in assists as well.
The 2016-17 regular season is set to begin for the Eagles at Bellevue University, Bellevue at 6 p.m. Tuesday.