Basketball

Both Chadron State College basketball teams are hoping for improved performances this weekend when they visit long-time rivals South Dakota Mines in Rapid City on Friday night and Black Hills State in Spearfish on Saturday night.

The CSC men are 3-7 and the Lady Eagles are 3-6. Both are 1-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Both CSC teams played well while downing Colorado Christian at home on Monday, Dec. 4, but didn’t have the clout to win at either Colorado-Colorado Springs or Metro State later in the week. The women scored just 58 and 45 points in their games last weekend and the men were outscored 45 to 26 at the free throw line in their two outings.

CSC men’s coach Houston Reed said nearly all his players have been “on a roller-coaster” with their scoring, making it difficult for him to establish a rotation. Two of the three freshmen who have been regulars, forward Walker Andrew (shoulder) and guard Dru Kuxhausen (hip), may not be at full speed this weekend because of injuries.

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The South Dakota Mines women are 7-3 overall and 2-2 in the RMAC. The men are 4-4 and 2-2.

Both Hardrocker quintets won at Colorado Christian last Friday night and lost at Colorado Mines. The next night. The women’s team has four players averaging in double figures, led by sophomore guard Cooper Courtney at 11.6 points. The men have three double-digit scorers, paced by 6-1 Australian Jake Heath at 13.5 points. He’s sunk 25 of 39 3-pointers in the first eight games.

While this weekend’s game will wrap up the CSC men’s team schedule prior to Christmas, the Lady Eagles will visit Sioux Falls University in eastern South Dakota on Tuesday night.

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