FORT LEWIS DOWNS CSC IN BASKETBALL DOUBLEHEADER

Posted 3 months ago

By Kevin Horn

Fort Lewis downs CSC in women’s and men’s basketball — By Alex Helmbrecht, CSC Sports Information Director

WOMEN

DURANGO, Colo. – Ashley Kuchar sank a layup with one second to play to give the Fort Lewis women’s basketball team a gritty 85-83 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory over Chadron State Friday at Whalen Gymnasium.

The Eagles (1-10, 1-6 RMAC) had a chance for a desperation shot following Kuchar’s bucket but time expired.

Kuchar’s game-winner was the 20th time the lead changed in the game. Prior to Kuchar’s heroics, Chadron State’s Dallas Shaw, who connected on five treys and finished with 19 points, swished a long 3-pointer to tie the game for the 12th time at 83-83 with 23 seconds remaining.

Neither team led by more than seven points and both squads nearly shot 50 percent from the field. Chadron State finished 27 of 56 (48.2 percent) from the floor, while Fort Lewis (7-3, 4-2 RMAC) connected on 30 of 63 (47.6 percent).

The Eagles dominated from long range, sinking 10 of 16 attempts. Shaw had five treys and Kayli Rageth, who led Chadron State with a career-high 27 points, added four.

Fort Lewis only hit three 3-pointers but the Skyhawks managed to make 22 of 29 foul shots.

In addition to Shaw and Rageth’s strong games, Chadron State’s Kattie Ranta scored 19 points. Shaw and Simonton both had four assists, Rageth had a team-high seven rebounds and Leana Tajkov added two blocks.

Three Fort Lewis players finished in double figures. Mary Brinton scored 27 points and grabbed 13 boards coming off the bench, Kuchar had 23 points and nine assists and Erika Richards scored 19 points and made all nine of her foul shots.

MEN

DURANGO, Colo. – Four players scored in double figures and Fort Lewis sank 29 of 40 free throws en route to its 78-72 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory Friday in Durango, Colo.

The two-pronged attack of Nick Tomsick and Alex Herrera led Fort Lewis (7-3, 4-2 RMAC) in scoring and foul shooting. Tomsick finished with a game-high 21 points, including a 14-for-17 performance from the foul line, and Herrera scored 19 points and hit seven of 11 from the charity stripe. Herrera also added eight rebounds and nine blocks.

Fort Lewis also received 13 points and eight rebounds from Kody Salcido and Will Morse chipped in 11.

Fort Lewis owned the lead a majority of the time in the game thanks to early scoring runs in each half. The Skyhawks burst out of the gate with a 7-0 spurt in the first half and they opened the second half on a 10-0 scoring skein.

The Skyhawks eventually pushed their lead to 50-36 early in the second stanza but the Eagles (5-6, 2-5 RMAC) responded with a 14-3 scoring run to trail 53-50. Chadron State never regained the lead following the run, though, and Fort Lewis sank seven of eight free throws in the final two minutes to seal the victory.

For the game, Fort Lewis shot over 51 percent from the field (22-43), while Chadron State connected on 35 percent (24-69). The Eagles also made eight 3-pointers and grabbed 23 offensive rebounds.

David Downey hit eight of 14 shots from the field to lead Chadron State with 19 points and Christopher Smith added 16 points and eight rebounds.

Also for Chadron State, Zac Bargen finished with nine points, five rebounds and three assists, and Evan Brooks scored seven.