Jeremy Ruffin

Shown shooting a jumper during the victory over Colorado Christian on Dec. 4, Chadron State junior Jeremy Ruffin scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Saturday night while playing against Metro State in Denver last Saturday night. It was his third double-double of the season.

Photo by Con Marshall

Both of the Chadron State men’s basketball team’s opponents led by eight points at halftime and hung on to defeat the Eagles in RMAC games played in Colorado last weekend.

Colorado-Colorado Springs was ahead 34-26 at halftime Friday night and went on to win 69-63.

Chadron native Vonsinh Sayaloune made things interesting in the second half, when he scored all 12 of his team-high points on four of six 3-point shooting. His final two treys put the Eagles ahead 58-56 with 2:02 remaining, but the Mountain Lions closed out the game with a 13-7 run.

The next night, Metro State prevailed 79-67. After owning a 35-27 halftime margin, the Roadrunners remained ahead from five to 15 points the rest of the way.

CSC coach Houston Reed said the Eagles had a chance to beat Colorado Springs, but the Lions’ 18 to 4 free throw bulge in the second half wouldn’t allow it. The hosts were only eight of 27 from the field in the final 20 minutes, when the Eagles made 14 of 30.

Jaisean Jackson and Michael Johnson each added 11 points for the Eagles. Johnson also grabbed nine rebounds. Freshman Eric Jamerman and senior Matt Reader each chipped eight points. Reader’s total came on four-of-four shooting from the field.

Elijah Ross, a 5-11 junior, led the Lions with 19 points and Dalton Walker, a 6-7 junior, scored 16.

Both teams were seven of 20 from 3-point range.

The Eagles got a big boost at Metro from Scottsbluff freshman Dru Kuxhausen, who sank 11 of 13 field goal shots, including five of six from behind the arc, and totaled 28 points. He had 13 points in the first half and 15 in the second.

Kuxhausen was forced to leave the game with 5:30 remaining after he fell hard to the floor while preventing Metro standout Cameron Williams from making a layup following a steal.

Reed said Monday that Kuxhausen is definitely sore, but hopefully will be able to play this weekend.

CSC forward Jeremy Ruffin also was productive, scoring 15 points and a grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds. Jackson chipped in eight points.

Williams, a senior guard and a graduate of Omaha South, led Metro with 24 points, 19 of them in the second half. Another Williams, this one Allec, a native of Georgia, added 14 points and handed out six assists.

Colo-Colorado Springs 69, CSC 63

Chadron State—Vonsinh Sayaloune 12, Jaisean Jackson 11, Michael Johnson 11, Eric Jamerman 8, Matt Reader 8, Jeremy Ruffin 6, Adoum Mbang 4, Dru Kuxhausen 3. Totals: 26-62 (7-20) 8-9 63 points, 37 rebounds, 13 turnovers.

Colorado Springs—Elijah Ross 19, Dalton Walker 16, Isaiah Wilson 8, Padiet Wang 7, Jonathan Barnes 6, Brandon Malone 4, Ed Bourke 4, Geoff Kelly 2, Justin Smith 2, Ian MacDonald 1. Totals: 20-55 (7-20) 22-31 69 points, 42 rebounds, 11 turnovers.

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Chadron State 26 37 ----63

Colorado Springs 34 35 ----69

3-pointers: CSC—Sayaloune 4, Jamerman 2, Kuxhausen 1. UCCS—Ross 3, Walker 2, Wilson 1, Wang 1.

Metro State 79, CSC 67

Chadron State—Dru Kuxhausen 28, Jeremy Ruffin 15, Jaisean Jackson 8, Jordan Mills 6, Adoum Mbang 5, Michael Johnson 4, Matt Reader 1. Totals: 22-43 (5-12) 18-26 67 points, 29 rebounds, 18 turnovers.

Metro State—Cameron Williams 24, Allec Williams 14, Keita Bounama13, Peter Moller 10, Jaryn Taylor 8, Shane Fox 4, Kyle Lawson 3, Malik Hart 3. Totals: 26-54 (4-12) 23-30 79 points, 31 rebounds, 12 turnovers.

Chadron State 27 40 ----67

Metro State 35 44 ----79

3-pointers: CSC—Kuxhausen 5. Metro—C. Williams, A. Williams, Moller, Lawson, all 1.

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