By: Con Marshall
CSC Sports Information
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- November 23, 2019 -- Chadron State sank seven of its first 10 field goal shots while building a 20-9 lead over the Northern State in the nine minutes of their men's basketball game Saturday afternoon in Aberdeen, S.D., but the host Wolves came on strong in the final stages and won a 70-59 decision.
Northern is now 4-2 while Chadron State remains winless after five starts, all on the road.
"We really just challenged our guys to show some toughness," Chadron State Head Men's Basketball Coach Houston Reed said. "We felt like if we really challenged them, we could get them out of their game. At halftime they made some adjustments, and in the second half, they were just better than we were."
The 11-point (20-9) lead was the Eagles' largest. They also were ahead 30-20 with 2:40 left in the first half, but the difference was just 32-27 at intermission.
The Wolves took the lead for keeps at 42-40 with 12:30 remaining. The margin was just 61-57 after CSC point guard Colby Jackson buried a 3-pointer with 2:30 left, but Northern tallied nine of the final 11 points.
CSC shot 46.8 percent (22-47) from the field while Northern hit 44.4 percent (24-54). Each team grabbed 32 rebounds.
The Eagles committed 23 turnovers which mirrors their season average to date, of 23.6 per game.
"Turnovers have been the telltale sign of our non-conference schedule so far," said Reed. "We have to take better care of the basketball. For the most part we did, but we were a little off-target with the pass, down the stretch. That's just going to come with some chemistry."
Mason Stark, a 6-2 sophomore, led the winners with 22 points, followed by 6-8 sophomore Parker Fox with 15 and 6-4 junior Andrew Kallman with 14.
Jackson led the Eagles with 14 points while sophomore center Jacob Jefferson added 11.
Chadron State will finally play its first home game of the season at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 against another Aberdeen team--the Presentation College Saints.
Chadron State--Colby Jackson 14, Jacob Jefferson 11, Brian Rodriguez 8, Michael Sparks 7, Kenan Gray 7, Brady Delimont 6, Walker Andrew 2, Stephon Bell 2, Andre Sepeda 2. Totals: 22-47 (5-18) 10-14 59 points, 32 rebounds, 23 turnovers.
Northern State--Mason Stark 22, Parker Fox 15, Andrew Kallman 14, Tommy Chapman 10, Gabe King 5, Jordan Belka 2, Cole Dahl 2. Totals: 24-54 (7-25) 15-26 70 points, 32 rebounds, 13 turnovers.
Chadron State 32 27 ---59
Northern State 27 43 ---70
3-pointers: CSC--Jackson 3, Sparks 1, Delimont 1. NSU--Kallman 3, Stark 2, Chapman 1, King 1.
Women's Basketball: MSU-Billings 68, Chadron State 54
By: Kaleb Center
CSC Sports Information Director
BILLINGS, Mont. – November 23, 2019 – The Chadron State College women's basketball team led early, gave up a 13-point lead, then nearly tied the game in the third quarter on Saturday against Montana State Billings. However the Yellowjackets were able to outscore the Eagles 33 to 17 in the paint on their home court, finishing with a 68-54 win over CSC.
"We lost momentum in a variety of situations," said CSC Head Women's Basketball Coach Janet Raymer. "The point swings would be five to seven at a time, but we kept fighting back. We couldn't get to the free throw line as much as I would've liked."
Chadron State hit its first two shots from the floor while holding Billings off the three-point line in two consecutive attempts, taking a 5-2 lead in the opening three minutes.
At that point, the Yellowjackets found their footing from the arc. Three different players hit from three as part of Billings' 19-3 run.
The Eagles' defense clamped down in the second period, holding Billings to only two field goals as they chipped into the hosts' lead. Melisa Kadic, who was 3-of-6 for CSC from long range, cut the MSUB lead to four with 30 seconds until halftime, but Danielle Zahn hit a last-second two-pointer to make it 29-23 Yellowjackets at the midpoint break.
Another dagger from three by Kadic in the third quarter made it 38-37 for Billings.
However, the Eagles were assailed at the free throw line in the fourth. Billings was 10-for-13 in the final 10 minutes from the charity stripe, while CSC took only four shots, as MSUB pulled away down the stretch.
"I'm really proud of our defensive efforts in the second quarter," said Raymer. "We gave up some points in transition in the first, which forced us to step up in the second. We did well on the boards and played aggressively on the offensive end. We're showing growth and fight."
CSC won the rebound battle, 39 to 36. Turnovers were even at 18 apiece.
The Eagles were 40 percent (6-of-15) from outside the arc, but struggled to fill the rim on the inside, going 5-for-25. MSUB shot 43.4 percent from the floor, with a 35.3 percent three-point percentage.
Leading the Eagles with 16 points was Taryn Foxen, who put up 9 of the team's 13 points in the fourth quarter. Kadic each had a team-high six boards, and Jori Peters led CSC with four assists.
Hannah Collins was Billings' leading scorer with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor and was 5-of-6 from the foul line. Taryn Shelley double-doubled with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Chadron State travels to Fairbanks, Alaska next week, for games on three consecutive days beginning Thanksgiving Day, at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.