EAGLE DROP TOUGH DECISION TO COLORADO CHRISTIAN

Posted 10 months ago

By John Axtell

David Downy (L) and Brandon Pippenger

David Downy (L) and Brandon Pippenger

CHADRON – Colorado Christian’s Kyle Weaver sank 16 of 17 free throws as the Cougars earned a 71-67 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory over Chadron State Sunday afternoon in Chadron.

The free throw line was the difference because while both teams shot over 80% from the line, CCU attempted more than twice as many free throws as the Eagles…going 30-37 while CSC was 12-15.

Weaver, a senior guard from Phoenix, was the key man…making 16 consecutive free throws, including 7 of 8 in the final two minutes to finish with a game-high 18 points. In the Cougars’ double overtime win at Black Hills State Saturday, Weaver made 18 of 19 from the charity stripe and is now 73 of 78 on the season, a .936 rate.

The game was close throughout, neither team led by more than 9 and there were 6 ties and 7 lead changes, but CCU did not give up the lead after going up 42-40 with 10:45 remaining.

The Cougars came into the game averaging 92 ppg while shooting almost 50% from the field and 43% from 3-point range, attempting over 30 treys per game, but against the Eagles they shot just 43% from the field and were just 5-16 from long range, a 31.3% clip.

Avery Redmond had 17 points, including three 3-pointers, for CCU…which improves to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the RMAC. Michael Brown scored 13 and Andrew Squiers chipped in 11 while Tony Black had a game-high 9 rebounds.

The Eagles shot 40% from the field but just 31% from 3-point range, and they committed 21 turnovers. They had 10 players score, but only 2 reached double digits…Grant Stone  with 15 and Christopher Smith with 13, both off the bench.

Evan Brooks scored 9, Chris Taylor had 6 points and 8 boards, and David Downey nailed two treys to finish with 6 points.

Zac Bargen, CSC’s leading scorer on the season, had the worst shooting and scoring game as an Eagle…going o-10 from the field and 0-6 from the point range…and ended with just 2 points on 2-2 from the line, although he did add 8 rebounds, 5 assists, a block and a steal.

Chadron State (4-4, 1-3 RMAC) will host Regis and Metro State Friday and Saturday in Chadron before the players leave for the Christmas break.