(Neb.)- Eagles At Home Against Western, Mesa This Weekend
(Chadron)- The Chadron State College basketball teams will host Western State and Colorado Mesa in RMAC competition this weekend. Both twin-bills will tip off at 5:30.
The Eagles and the Western State Mountaineers played tight games when they collided in Gunnison on Dec. 7.
The Western women led by as many as 16 points early in the second half, but CSC finally took a three-point lead, only to have the Mountaineers' Jade McIntosh hit a jumper with nine seconds left to win the game 79-77.
The CSC men had better fortune. The score was knotted at 72-72 at the end of regulation, but the Eagles made 10 of 13 free throws in two overtime sessions and won 91-88. Evan Brooks canned five of 10 shots from behind the arc while leading CSC with 24 points. Zac Bargen added 17 for the Eagles.
Mason Biddle tallied 23 and Jordan Adams 19 for Western.
While the CSC men are now 5-10 in the RMAC, Western is only 2-13. Adams leads the Mountaineers with a 17-point scoring average. Biddle is averaging 12.8.
Bargen is pacing the Eagles at 12.5 points a game. David Downey and Grant Stone are next at 10.1 and 9.1, respectively.
The Western women are 5-10 and the CSC women 3-12.
McIntosh is Western's leader at 16.6 points a game. Guard Desiree Smith is averaging 14.
For CSC, Kattie Ranta ranks fourth on the RMAC scoring list at 18.7 points a game. Kayli Ranta is next at 15 and Dallas Shaw is averaging 10.8.
The second-ranked Mesa women feature the conference's leading scorer, 5-9 senior Sharaya Selsor. She poured in 40 points during the Lady Mavericks' 86-41 triumph over CSC in December and is averaging 24.2 points while shooting 44 percent from the field, including 39 percent (45-116) from 3-point range. She's also netted 88 percent (124-141) from the free throw line.
The Mesa women are 19-0 for the season and 15-0 in the conference. Metro State took them into overtime in Denver on Jan. 24, but the Lady Mavs escaped with a 66-63 win and have had few other close calls. They are averaging 76.2 points and yielding 55.2.
The Mesa men were 7-3 at the end of 2013, but are 2-7 so far in the New Year. The 2014 wins have been by 83-82 over Colorado Springs and 96-84 over Colorado Christian, both at home.
Ryan Stephens, a 6-10 sophomore who scored 25 points during Mesa's 74-61 victory over CSC two months ago, is by far and away the team's top gun with an 18.2-point average.
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