(Neb)-Eagles Post Widest Home Margin In The Chicoine Center
CHADRON - The Chadron State men beat Colorado Christian 83-59 last night, their widest margin of victory at home since the Chicoine Center opened in November 2014.
Colorado Christian opened the game with a 3-pointer and that would be their biggest lead of the game with the Eagles taking the lead for good with about 6-1/2 minutes in the 1st half. It was 34-26 at halftime and CSC steadily pulled away after intermission.
They sank 9-16 shots from 3-point range after making just 1-7 in the 1st half and they drained 10-11 from the foul line. They also forced 10 turnovers in the 2nd half while giving up the ball just twice.
For the game, the Eagles shot 48% from the field, 44% from beyond the arc, and 17-19 from the foul line while CCU was just 5-8 from the charity stripe.
CSC Head Coach Houston Reed said afterward that the Eagles had plenty of scoring opportunities in both halves and just couldn't the ball in the hoop before intermission.
"Through our offensive system, we set up opportunities. We had chances in the 1st half where we were open, and the shots didn't fall. We just wanted to start the second half going inside to Michael [Johnson] and Jeremy [Ruffin]. Once we did that, it sucked a lot of things in. Then we had guys like Eric [Jamerman], Dru [Kuxhausen], and [Vonsinh] Sayaloune get rhythm shots. Even Jaisean [Jackson] hit a three."
Four CSC men scored in double digits, led Jaisean Jackson with 14, Dru Kuxhausen with 12, Michael Johnson 11 and Eric Jamerman 10. The Eagles were 28 of 59 from the field, including 10 treys, and were 17 of 19 at the charity stripe.
Jackson also led the Eagles in rebounds, with nine, and assists, with six.
Colorado Christian's top scorer was Jeremiah Hanson with 15 points. His brother Isaiah Hanson had 13.
Chadron State's defense held CCU's Stefan Hackethal, who ranked as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's No. 2 scorer at 22.2 points per game coming into the contest, mostly in check. The 6-4 junior guard finished with seven points on three field goals.
"Coach Little did a good job on the scout," said CSC sophomore guard Vonsinh Sayaloune, who took three offensive charges playing defense, "and during practice we do a lot of defensive stuff. We just knew where the shooters would be. They did shoot 17 threes, and we knew that coming in. We knew that if we did our thing, and played our defense, we'd be alright."
The CSC men are now 3-5 overall for the season, and picked up their first RMAC win of the season to improve to 1-1 in the league. CCU is 1-7 (0-2 RMAC).
The Eagles now face a series of six straight games on the road, beginning with Colorado-Colorado Springs and Metro State in Denver this weekend. The team will next return home to Chicoine on January 5-6.
Colorado Christian—Jeremiah Hanson 17, Isaiah Hanson 11, Stefan Hackethal 7, Tyler Murrell 7, Justin Engesser 6, Marcus Fager 4, Chris Hildenbrand 3, Josiah Dunn 2, Preston Hardy 2. Totals: 25-55 (6-22) 3-8 59 points, 29 rebounds, 19 turnovers.
Chadron State—Jaisean Jackson 14, Dru Kuxhausen 12, Michael Johnson 11, Eric Jamerman 10, Jeremy Ruffin 8, Vonsinh Sayaloune 8, Jordan Mills 7, Walker Andrew 5, Matt Reader 4, Leigh Saffin 3, Adoum Mbang 1. Totals: 28-59 (10-23) 17-19 83 points, 37 rebounds, 10 turnovers.
Colo. Christian 26 33 ----59
Chadron State 34 49 ----83
3-pointers: CCU—I. Hanson 3, Hackethal 1, J. Hanson 1, Hildebrand 1. CSC—Jamerman 2, Kuxhausen 2, Sayaloune 2, Andrew 1, Jackson 1, Mills 1, Saffin 1.
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