With hitting 3-pointers seemingly contagious, the Chadron State men’s basketball team got untracked in the second half Monday night while rolling past Colorado Christian 83-59 in the Chicoine Center in RMAC action.
The Eagles led 35-26 at halftime, but were just one of seven from 3-point country. They missed their first trey in the second half, but went nine of 15 from afar the rest of the way to break the game open.
Seven Eagles scored at least seven points and seven also nailed at least one triple during what turned into a rout. CSC tallied 49 points in the second half. The team’s 17 of 19 from the free throw line was another factor.
Coach Houston Reed also was pleased with his team’s defense against the Cougars, who had 19 turnovers, nine more than the Eagles.
Point guard Jaisean Jackson led CSC with 14 points, also grabbed nine rebounds and handed out six assists and had just one turnover for a sparkling performance.
In addition, freshman Dru Kuxhausen broke out of a painful shooting slump to tally 12 points in the second half, Michael Johnson added 11 and another rookie, Eric Jamerman scored 10 points.
Another major contribution came from the pesky dynamo, Vonsinh Sayaloune, who scored eight points, collected five rebounds and had three assists.
Christian was led by Jeremiah Hanson with 17 points while his older brother, Isaiah, added 11. However, the Cougars’ top gun with a 21-point average entering the game, Stefan Hackenthal, managed just seven points in 35 minutes of action.
The story had been different on Friday night, when taller and talented Colorado Mines made it look easy while improving its record to 7-0 during the 83-61 decision.
Four of the Orediggers’ first six field goals were 3-pointers as they built an 18-9 lead in the first eight minutes and led by at least that margin the rest of the way.
The Orediggers were 25-50 from the field, including 10 of 19 from 3-point range. The Eagles were 23 of 54 and just one of 10 from behind the arc.
All 12 Mines players scored, led by non-starter Mason Baker, a redshirt freshman, with 16 points. Senior Luke Schroepfer sank all three of his treys while adding 13 points. Three teammates scored nine apiece.
CSC’s Jackson led all scorers with 19 points and also handed out five assists. Mills contributed 12 points. Both of the Eagles’ primary inside players, Johnson and Jeremy Ruffin, fouled out with more than 12 minutes left to play.
Colorado Mines 83, CSC 61
Colorado Mines—Mason Baker 16, Luke Schroepfer 13, Ben Sonnefeld 9, Michael Glen 9, Adam Laine 9, Luke Golter 7, Felix Scheytt 5, Ben Clare 4, Zach Rusk 4, Mike Winans 3, Duke Douglas 2, Brandon Lueders 2. Totals: 25-50 (10-19) 23-33 83 points, 35 rebounds, 10 turnovers.
Chadron State—Jaisean Jackson 19, Jordan Mills 12, Jeremy Ruffin 5, Michael Johnson 5, Leigh Saffin 5, Adoum Mbang 4, Matt Reader 4, Eric Jamerman 2, Andrew Walker 2. Totals: 23-54 (1-10) 14-23 61 points, 36 rebounds, 12 turnovers.
Colorado Mines 42 41 ----83
Chadron State 30 31 ----61
3-pointers: CM—Schroepfer 3, Baker 2, Sonnefeld, Glen, Winans, Golter, Rusk, all 1. CSC—Saffin 1.
CSC 83, Colorado Christian 57
Colorado Christian—Jeremiah Hanson 15, Isaiah Hanson 13, Tyler Murrell 7, Stefan Hackenthal 7, Justin Engesser 6, Marcus Fager 4, Chris Hildenbrand 3, Preston Hardy. Totals: 24-54 (6-22) 3-8 57 points, 30 rebounds, 19 turnovers.
Chadron State—Jaisen Jackson 13, 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.
Colorado Christian 26 31 ----57
Chadron State 34 49 ----83
3-pointers: CCU—I. Hanson 3, J. Hanson, Hackenthal, Hildenbrand, all 1. CSC—Kuxhausen 2, Sayaloune 2, Jamerman 2, Jackson, Saffin, Walker, Mills, all 1.