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With their team leader and only senior, Darius Polley, unable to play in either game because of a back injury he sustained during practice shortly after the Chadron State men’s basketball team arrived deep in the heart of Texas and it next most-experience player, junior Leigh Saffin, sidelined early in the second game, the Eagles ran out of manpower during their “conference challenge” trip last weekend.

Texas A&M International, located at Laredo, won the first contest 72-64 and Texas A&M-Kingsville took advantage of the Eagles’ problems late in that game to prevail 95-63 on Saturday.

Chadron State led 39-37 at halftime and was behind only 52-51 with 13 minutes remaining at Kingsville before fouls began taking a toll on the Eagles and they were outgunned 43-12 the rest of the way.

“We played nearly 30 minutes of good basketball against Kingsville, which has a really good team,” CSC coach Houston Reed said. “But we had only eight players available much of the second half and we couldn’t keep up.”

The Eagles shot 52 percent (23-44) against Kingsville, but without Polley, their primary point guard, had 28 turnovers. They also were only 14-26 at the free throw line.

Four Eagles scored in double figures, led by Michael Johnson with 15 points. Both Johnson and CSC’s other starter in the front line, Jeremy Ruffin, fouled out against Kingsville.

Five Javelinas scored in double figures.

The Eagles shot just 25 percent from the field in the first half against International, but trailed by only 30-24 at intermission. They improved to 48 percent in the second half, when the Dust Devils outscored them only 42-40.

For the game, the Texas team shot 47.2 percent (25-53) from the field, including 12 of 26 from 3-point range, and Chadron State hit 38.2 percent (15-31), including 8 of 24 from behind the arc.

Seniors Jeremy Wright and Dan Milota, the only returning members of last year’s International team, paced the Dust Devils with 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Freshman Dru Kuxhausen led Chadron State with 14 points, followed by transfers Jordan Mills with 13 and Jackson with 12. Johnson added eight points and shared game rebounding honors Saffin with eight apiece.

The Eagles outrebounded International 41-33 and had just 15 turnovers.

Texas A&M International 72, CSC 64

Chadron State—Dru Kuxhausen 14, Jordan Mills 13, Jaisen Jackson 12, Michael Johnson 8, Leigh Saffin 6, Jeremy Ruffin 5, Vonsinh Sayaloune 4, Walker Andrew 2. Totals: 21-55 (8-24) 14-21 64 points, 41 rebounds, 15 turnovers.

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Texas A&M International—Jeremy Wright 16, Dan Milota 15, Xabier Gomez 11, Chris McDonald 11, Kamari Robinson 7, Shea Garland 6, Danny Spinuzza 3, Marek Hajek 3. Totals: 25-53 (12-26) 10-15 72 points, 33 rebounds, 14 turnovers.

Chadron State 24 40 ----64

Texas A&M Int. 30 42 ----72

Texas A&M-Kingsville 95, CSC 63

Chadron State—Michael Johnson 15, Jaisean Jackson 12, Jeremy Ruffin 10, Walker Andrew 10, Dru Kuxhausen 7, Vonsinh Sayaloune 5, Jordan Mills 4. Totals: 23-44 (3-7) 14-26 63 points, 31 rebounds, 28 turnovers.

Texas A&M-Kingsville—Jacoby Harris 16, Kyran Block 13, Caelan Neal 11, Will West 10, John Lindsey 10, Derrick Byrd 9, Christian Bambrook 8, Elton Dyer 6, Trey Sumpter 4, Chris Boleware 4, Robert Stevenson 4. Totals: 34-65 (9-22) 18-26 95 points, 35 rebounds, 14 turnovers.

Chadron State 39 24 ----63

Texas-Kingsville 37 58 ----95

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