Posted 4 months ago
By John Axtell
The Orediggers came into the game outscoring their opponents by 32 points a game, outrebounding them by 15, and shooting 46% from 3-point range, but lost the battle of the boards 32-31 and shot only 31% from long-range…making just 5-16…while the Eagles hit 10-22 from downtown against a defense giving up just 26% on the season.
The game came down to Mines’ height…the Orediggers outscored the Eagles 45-28 in the paint…and the foul line, where Mines went 27-35 to CSC’s 20-23.
The game was nip and tuck throughout, with the Eagles tying the game for the first time at 58 with 10:15 to go and taking their first lead a little over a minute later 73-72 on a 3-pointer by Zac Bargen.
Mines responded with a 6-0 run, but the Eagles stayed close and cut the margin to just 2 points, 82-80, on a layup by Evan Brooks with :14 seconds remaining…only to see the Orediggers seal the win with 4 straight free throws.
The Orediggers, who have 6 players averaging in double figures on the season, put 4 in double digits against the Eagles. Luke Meisch led all scorers with 19 points while Trevor Wages added 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Brian Muller scored 14, including nine of 11 from the charity stripe, and Brett Green chipped in 11.
Brooks paced Chadron State with 18 points as he sank 4-9 from 3-point range, Bargen added 17 points with 9-10 from the foul line, and Kendrick Holliman scored 14 points off the bench.
The Eagles, now 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, host Colorado Christian Sunday in an afternoon game. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.