The Chadron State College men’s basketball team will be striving to avenge a couple of narrow losses it sustained last year when it plays at Nebraska-Kearney tonight (Wednesday) and hosts Bellevue on Saturday in a matinee contest.
A year ago, Bellevue edged the Eagles 78-77 on its home court and the Kearney Lopers won 75-65 in overtime in the Chicoine Center.
UNK opened its season last weekend by meeting Wayne State twice. Kearney won the first game played at home Friday night 71-66 after trailing 38-28 at halftime, but the Wildcats won Sunday afternoon in Wayne 82-72.
Kearney return most of last year’s team. Its leading scorer last weekend was guard Trey Lansman with 29 and 16 points, respectively.
Bellevue, an NAIA team has already played seven games and is 4-3. Several of its losses have been by sizable margins. The Bruins have seven seniors on the roster. One of them, Jalan Hall, is averaging 11 points to pace the scoring.
CSC coach Houston Reed said he’s hopeful that senior Darius Polley, who missed the games in Texas last weekend because of a back injury, will see some action at Kearney. He added that both Polley and junior Leigh Saffin, who sprained an ankle early in the second game in Texas, should be available for the Bellevue game.