Men’s team splits conference openers
The men’s basketball team lost to No. 6 Colorado School of Mines, Golden, at home, Friday, 83-61. CSC was able to bounce back Monday, grinding out an 83-59 win over Colorado Christian University, Lakewood.
CSM gained a big lead on the Eagles early in the game. They were able to hurt the Eagles chances by getting them in foul trouble early in. The Orediggers led at halftime, 42-30.
The Eagles lost the second half of the game as well only scoring 31 points to the Orediggers 41. The Orediggers were 10 of 19 from the three-point line while the Eagles were only able to hit one.
Jeremy Ruffin, junior of Chicago, and Michael Johnson, sophomore of Nassau, Bahamas, both fouled out early in the second half of the game.
The Eagles game leaders were Jaisean Jackson, junior of Denver, led the team with 19 points, shooting 50 percent from the field.
The other leaders were Jordan Mills, sophomore from Alliance, with 12 points; Johnson who added eight; and lastly, Leigh Saffin, junior from Warrnambool, Australia, who chipped in five points.
The Eagles were eager to compete against CCU, looking forward to an opportunity to earn their first conference win.
“We are looking forward to the opportunity to compete tonight,” Houston Reed, head men’s basketball coach said. “We feel like in each game we play we are in control of the outcome. I feel the same way towards our game tonight versus CCU.”
11 CSC players scored, contributing to the largest win margin for CSC in the Chicoine Center.
In the first half of the game, the Eagles led 34-26. In the second half they scored 49 points and ended the game adding 24 more points with only turning the ball over twice in that half.
Four Eagles scored in double digits. Jackson led with 14 points, Dru Kuxhausen, freshman of Scottsbluff, scored 12 points; Johnson, added 11; and Eric Jamerman, freshman of Douglas, Wyoming, chipped in 10. The men went 28 of 59 from the field.
The Eagles will now be on the road for six straight games playing the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, and Metropolitan State University of Denver, this weekend. UCCS is still looking for their first conference win while MSU-D is 2-0 in the RMAC.
CSC will not return for home games until Jan. 5 and 6, for two conference matchups, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, and Western State Colorado University, Gunnison.