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Michael Johnson was CSC’s most productive player this past weekend, scoring 14 points against Christian and 10 points at Mines.

CSC Photo by Con Marshal

Both Colorado Christian and Colorado Mines were on fire, particularly from long range, as they breezed past the Chadron State College men’s basketball team on their home courts last weekend.

The Christian Cougars shot 56.3 percent from the floor, including 12 of 24 from 3-point land, while winning 91-70 on Friday night. Mines was a tad hotter, hitting 58.5 percent overall and 12 of 19 from behind the arc enroute to its 83-56 decision.

The Eagles shot 39.7 percent from the field the first night and 43.5 percent the second. They were just 3 of 20 their 3-point tries against the Cougars and 3 of 11 versus the Orediggers.

The halftime scores were similar. Christian led 40-32 at intermission and Mines by 41-30.

Both hosts placed four men in double figures.

Paced by his six-of-seven marksman from long range, senior Isaiah Hanson poured in 25 points for the Cougars. Stefan Hackenthal added 19 and had seven assists, and Jeremiah Hanson, Isaiah’s brother, scored 17. Both are juniors. All three are 6-4 or 6-5. Christian Hyatt, a 6-1 freshman, had 12 points.

Mines was paced by guard Luke Schroepfer with 21 points, 6-8 center Adam Laine scored 18, and forward Duke Douglas 16. All three are seniors. Freshman Mike Glen had 12. Although Laine didn’t shoot from afar, the other three combined to mesh nine of 11 treys.

Michael Johnson, who missed the first seven games after Christmas because of an ulcer, was the Eagles’ most productive scorer on the trip. He was seven-of-eight from the field against Christian for 14 points and was three-of-five from the field and four-of-five at the line for 10 points at Mines.

Jordan Mills and Andrew Walker each added 10 points against the Cougars and Jaisean Jackson had 10 versus the Orediggers.

The latter game certainly wasn’t sloppy. The Eagles had just seven turnovers and the Miners only five.

CSC beat Christian 83-59, but Mines won 83-61 when the teams met in Chadron in early December to open the RMAC schedule.

Colorado Christian 91, Chadron State 70

Chadron State—Michael Johnson 14, Jordan Mills 10, Walker Andrew 10, Jaisean Jackson 9, Dru Kuxhausen 9, Eric Jamerman 8, Jeremy Ruffin 6, Matt Reader 2, Leigh Saffin 2. Totals: 25-63 (3-20) 17-20 70 points, 34 rebounds, 14 turnovers.

Colorado Christian—Isaiah Hanson 25, Stefan Hackethal 19, Jeremiah Hanson 17, Christian Hyatt 12, Marcus Fager 8, Justin Engesser 6, Chris Hildebrand 2, Preston Hardy 2. Totals: 36-64 (12-24) 7-10 91 points, 35 rebounds, 15 turnovers.

Chadron State 32 38 ----70

Colorado Christian 40 51 ----91

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3-pointers: CSC—Jamerman 2, Mills 1. CCU—I. Hanson 6, J. Hanson 2, Hackenthal 2, Hyatt 2.

Colorado Mines 83, Chadron State 56

Chadron State—Jaisean Jackson 10, Michael Johnson 10, Jeremy Ruffin 8, Dru Kuxhausen 8, Eric Jamerman 7, Walker Andrew 6, Jordan Mills 4, Von Sayaloune 3. Totals: 20-46 (3-11) 13-18 56 points, 23 rebounds, 7 turnovers.

Colorado Mines—Luke Schroepfer 21, Adam Laine 18, Duke Douglas 16, Michael Glen 12, Zach Rust 7, Ben Sonnefeld 4, Mark Wenans 3, Dustin Gaddis 2. Totals: 31-53 (12-19) 9-12 83 points, 31 rebounds, 5 turnovers.

Chadron State 30 26 ----56

Colorado Mines 41 42 ----83

3-pointers: CSC—Kuxhausen, Jamerman, Sayaloune, all 1. Mines—Schroepfer 4, Douglas 3, Glen 2, Sonnenfeld 1, Winans 1. Rusk 1.

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