Jan 12, 2020 4:30 PM

#19 Dixie State tops CSC 88-68

Posted Jan 12, 2020 4:30 PM
Senior guard Brian Rodriguez-Flores challenges a defender on the baseline Saturday.
Senior guard Brian Rodriguez-Flores challenges a defender on the baseline Saturday.

By: Con Marshall, CSC Sports Information

CHADRON, Neb. -- January 11, 2020 -- Dixie State used its height and athleticism effectively at both ends of the court while rambling past Chadron State 88-68 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game in Chadron on Saturday night.

Now 12-3 overall and 7-2 in the RMAC, the Trailblazers made 15 of 30 field goal attempts and 12 of 14 free throws while building a 47-26 halftime margin that pretty well took away the suspense about the outcome.

CSC Coach Houston Reed commended his Eagles for continuing to play hard in the second half, when they outscored the Utah visitors 42-41, but 12 points was as close as CSC ever got on the scoreboard.

"Early foul trouble hurt our offensive flow, and we struggled at times versus their ball screen coverage," said CSC Head Men's Basketball Coach Houston Reed. "We're proud of how our guys competed in the second half and chipped away at their lead early on. We didn't match up well versus them tonight, and Dixie was better than us."

The Eagles led 9-7 after the first 3:13 had been played. But things turned bleak for the hosts when Dixie State went on an 11-0 run, during which Chadron State's leading scorer, Brian Rodriguez, was forced to the bench when he drew his second and third fouls in a 10-second span.

Brady Delimont broke CSC's scoring drought when he knocked down a pair of three-pointers that were just 44 seconds apart to cut Dixie's lead to 21-15. However, the Eagles managed only two more field goals in the final 12 ½ minutes in the opening half, helping Dixie State to its 21-point intermission lead.

Five Trailblazers finished in double figures. Jacob Nicolds, Andre Wilson and Dason Youngblood all tallied 16 points, Jack Pagenkopf scored 13 and Hunter Schofield added 11.

For the game, Dixie State was 28 of 59 (47.5%) from the field, just six of 21 from long range, but 26 of 30 from the free throw line. The Trailblazers' stats also included a 29-5 bulge in points off turnovers, a 40-14 margin in points in the paint and a 22-11 difference in fast break scoring.

Chadron State hit 18 of 51 shots from the field (35.3%). The latter including an above average 11 of 28 showing from behind the arc, and CSC cashed in on 21 of 29 free shots.

Always the smallest player during the 26 minutes he was on the court, Eagles' point guard Colby Jackson was the game's leading scorer with 21 points, 19 of them in the second half. Both Jackson and Dixie's Nicolds finished 10 of 11 at the charity stripe.

Nicolds also was the game's top rebounder with seven.

Besides Jackson, Rodriguez was CSC's only other double-digit scorer with 14 points. Delimont had nine points on three treys.

Now 3-13 for the season and 2-7 in the RMAC, the Eagles will visit New Mexico Highlands and Colorado State-Pueblo this coming weekend.

Dixie State--Dason Youngblood 16, Andre Wilson 16, Jacob Nicolds 16, Jack Pagenkopf 13, Hunter Schofield 11, Jarod Greene 6, Cameron Chadwin 5, Mark Hatch 3, Lleyton Parker 2. Totals: 28-59 (6-21) 26-30, 88 points, 38 rebounds, 13 turnovers.

Chadron State--Colby Jackson 21, Brian Rodriguez 14, Brady Delimont 9, Michael Sparks 6, Dom Coleman 5, Kenan Gray 5, Andre Sepeda 3, Jacob Jefferson 2, Ernesto Cordova 2, Stephon Bell 1. Totals: 18-51 (11-28) 21-29, 68 points, 33 rebounds, 19 turnovers.

Dixie State 47 41 -----88

Chadron State 26 42 ----68

3-pointers: DSU--Wilson 2, Youngblood 1, Chatwin 1, Hatch 1, Pangkopf 1. CSC--Jackson 3, Delimont 3, Rodriguez 2, Sparks 2, Coleman 1.

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Jan 12, 2020 4:30 PM
CSC women nearly pull off stunner over Dixie State
CSC senior guard Melisa Kadic goes in for a shot during the Eagles near-upset over Dixie State Saturday. Kadic led CSC with 16 points.

By: John Murphy, CSC Sports Information Assistant

CHADRON, Neb. -- The Dixie State Trailblazers opened the second quarter on a 12-0 scoring run and held back a late Chadron State rally Saturday night, helping them defeat the Chadron State women's basketball team, 80-73.

"We had a great effort tonight," Head Coach Janet Raymer said.

The Eagles trailed by one at the finish of the first quarter before the Trailblazer rally. The rally helped Dixie gain a 10-point halftime lead.

In the second half, CSC outscored their opponent by three in the third quarter. In the final period, with 2:14 remaining, senior Jessica Lovitt hit back to back jumpers to lower the Eagle deficit to one.

Madi Loftus, who scored a career high 31 points in the victory, hit a three-pointer to make the Trailblazer lead four, but was answered by Eagle guard Jori Peters to make it a one point game with 1:39 remaining.

The score stayed tied at one, until Loftis hit another trey and three free-throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the Dixie State victory.

Chadron State went 30-63 for 47.6 percent from the field and seven of 19 from three. They converted six of their eight free throws.

The Trailblazers shot 45.5 percent, 30-66 from the field. Eight of their 30 three-pointers were good, six being from Loftus. Dixie finished 12 of 17 from the charity stripe.

The Eagles converted 14 turnovers, which the opponent turned into seven points. CSC turned four Trailblazer turnovers into five points.

Chadron State won the rebound battle 39 to 33.

"We've been focusing on owning the boards and we did a good job with that tonight," Raymer said.

Melisa Kadic led the Eagles in scoring with 16 points. Four other players scored in double-figured. Peters had 12 points and Taryn Foxen and Jessica Lovitt each had 12. Peters had a team high seven rebounds and four assists.

Loftis led her team with 31 points, followed by London Pavlica with 10. Pavlica had a game high eight rebounds.

The loss drops CSC to 3-15 overall and 1-8 in conference play. The Eagles return to action Friday in Las Vegas, New Mexico, as they play New Mexico Highlands.