Men’s team drops season openers, beats UNK
The men’s basketball team struggled in its opening weekend, dropping the first two games.
The first, the Eagles battled hard, but ultimately lost to Texas A&M International University, Laredo, 72-64. Against Texas A&M University-Kingsville, CSC was on the wrong side of a big second half, losing 95-65.
Against Texas A&M International, freshman sharpshooter Dru Kuxhausen, of Scottsbluff, led in scoring with 14 points. Jordan Mills, sophomore of Alliance, and Jaisean Jackson, junior of Denver, followed closely with 13 and 12, respectively.
Michael Johnson, sophomore of Nassau, Bahamas, one of the team’s few returning players, added eight points to go along with eight rebounds. Fellow returnee Leigh Saffin, redshirt junior of Warrnambool, Australia, also snagged eight boards, and chipped in six points.
As a team, the Eagles shot 38.2 percent from the field, and made a third of long range shots.
The Dustdevils were led by Jeremy Wright, senior of Gardena, California, with 16 points, eight assists, and four steals. 12 of his points came from behind the 3-point line.
Against the Javelinas of Texas A&M-Kingsville, the Eagles went into halftime with a slim 2-point advantage, thanks to a 21-4 run to close out the first 20 minutes, despite playing without Darius Polley, senior of Amarillo, Texas, and Saffin. Polley didn’t play all weekend due to an injury in practice. Saffin went down midway through the first half against the Javelinas, and was unable to return.
In the second half, fresh legs for the Javelinas helped them wear down CSC, going on a 25-2 run. Kingsville never looked back, scoring 19 points in the last 4 minutes.
Although CSC struggled to score in the second half, they were still able to shoot more than 50 percent from the field and more than 42 percent from long range.
Johnson led the way, putting 15 points on the board and grabbing five rebounds. Jackson followed with another double-digit performance, adding 12. Jeremy Ruffin, junior of Chicago, and Walker Andrew, freshman of Littleton, Colorado, each added 10 points and five rebounds.
The Eagles picked up their first win against the University of Nebraska at Kearney last night, 72-69.
Kuxhausen led CSC with 22 points. Ruffin added a double-double, with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Eagles are hosting Bellevue University, for their home opener, Saturday, at 1 p.m. Last season the Bruins squeaked by with a win, 78-77, in Bellevue.