The Eagles men’s basketball team lost both games in South Dakota this weekend, first against Black Hills State University, 82-62, Friday, and South Dakota School of Mines, 80-59, Saturday.
CSC fell behind early against the Yellow Jackets, Friday, trailing 13-4 at about the 15-minute mark of the first half. The Eagle’s would eventually close the gap to 36-32 just as the second half started, but couldn’t slow the Black Hills offense which restored a double-digit Yellow Jacket lead just minutes later.
“We really pride ourselves defensively this year and we just didn’t come up with the stops that we needed to come up with this weekend,” Head Coach Houston Reed said. “We are the type of team that our defense really helps create our offense.”
Against Black Hills, the Eagles shot just 34.9 percent from the field and just 18.8 percent from behind the arc. Both figures are season lows for CSC.
The Yellow Jackets’ Dez Stoudamire, senior of Portland, Oregon led Black Hills in scoring with a season-high 26 points. The Eagles were led by Diontae Champion, senior of Pearl, Mississippi, with 17 points.
Brady Delimont, sophomore of Ainsworth, went down with a leg injury and did not return against the Hardrockers Saturday. The exact nature of his injury is unknown at the moment.
Against South Dakota School of Mines Saturday, the Eagles trailed by seven points at halftime, but the Hardrockers outscored Chadron 43-29 in the second half.
CSC shot 1-6 from the arc in the second half, failing to keep up with the Hardrockers’ offense which shot 62.5 percent from the field and 2-3 from the arc.
6-foot-9 freshman Mitchell Sueker, of Marshall, Minnesota, led the Hardrockers in scoring with 32 points. Eagle senior Jeremy Ruffin, of Chicago, posted a career-high 19 points.
Junior center Adoum Mbang, of Chadron, saw limited action this weekend due to an ankle injury he suffered Jan. 16 against Colorado Mines.
The Eagles were without starter Jaisean Jackson, senior of Denver, due to a violation of team policy.
“He should be back in the lineup this weekend and we are looking forward to that,” Head Coach Reed said.
The two losses drop the Eagles’ record below .500 to 10-11 while its conference record sits at 8-7. CSC currently sits No. 8 in the RMAC standings.
Friday night the Eagles travel to Golden, Colorado, to take on the RMAC’s top team, Colorado School of Mines, and Saturday, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, who currently sit seventh in the standings.