CHADRON, Neb. — December 3, 2022 — Chadron State College head coach Shane Paben called it “an ugly win,” but the Eagles were victorious for a fifth straight season by beating the New Mexico Highlands 71-61 on their home court on Saturday night.
The Eagles led 19-4 in the first 7 minutes and 46 seconds, led 37-29 at halftime and led the rest of the way, except for about 70 seconds in the second half, when the score at 44: 0 was knotted. 44 after the Cowboys went on a 15-3 run.
After Paben “encouraged” his players during a time-out, they responded with a 12-2 run to take a 56-46 lead at 9:31 and still on the clock. Though Highlands were back within five points after eight minutes, the Eagles led by double digits in the final five minutes.
While the Eagles did some good things, such as B. Sinking 9 of 22 three-pointers and rebounding the visitors 45-33, Paben said they weren’t happy with their play.
“There wasn’t a lot of juice in the gym and we didn’t play with as much energy as we’ll need for game two if we play back-to-back games Friday and Saturday nights in our conference. ‘ Paben said. “We need to improve that, but it’s good to be 2-0 up in the conference now.”
The Eagles also won their RMAC opener 83-71 against Colorado State-Pueblo on Friday night and are 5-3 for the season.
Chadron State, shooting 43.3% (26-60) from the field, was the leader in scoring Isaiah Wyatt and Bryce Latimer with 18 points each. Wyatt was seven of 15 from the field, including four of eight on three. He also scored 18 points on Friday night.
Latimer, who scored 24 against Pueblo, was 6 of 10 from the field, made one of his three shots from behind the arc and hit five of six charity shots against Highlands.
Forward Josh Robinson added 10 points and was the game’s top rebounder with 11 for the Eagles. teammates Porter Anderson, Jarrett Taylor and Pat McLachlan scored all six points. Anderson pulled down 10 rebounds.
The Cowboys were led by 6-5 senior Dante Moses, who came from the field with 18 points nine of 17 and grabbed nine rebounds. Jalen Munn contributed 12 points and Tyrell Coleman 11. Eric Sonnerberg, who had seven points, snagged 10 caroms.
Highlands shot 38.8% (26-67) from the field, which included just four of 24 behind the arc. The Cowboys missed their first six long-range shots before hitting their first four minutes from time in the first half.
The Cowboys, who defeated Colorado Christian 73-62 on Friday night in Lakewood before coming down to Chadron now 4-4 for the season.
The Eagles will play away for the next two weeks starting Wednesday when they visit the Christian Cougars. They also play at Gunnison in Western Colorado on Friday night, December 9th.
NM Highlands – Dane Moses 18, Jalen Munn 12, Tyrell Coleman 11, Eric Sonnenberg 7, Tyler Rodgers 7, Ezichi Kalu 4, Chris Freeman 2. Overall: 27-67 (4-24) 5-7 61 points, 33 rebounds, 5 turnovers.
Chadron State—Isaiah Wyatt 18, Bryce Latimer 18, Josh Robinson 10, Porter Anderson 6, Jarrett Taylor 6, Pat McLachlan 6, MJ Foust 4, Martin Posnanovic 3. Overall: 26-60 (9-22) 10-13 71 points, 45 rebounds, 13 turnovers.
NM Highlands 29 32 —61
Chadron State 37 34 —71
3 hands: NMHU – Munn 2, Rodgers 1, Coleman 1. CSC – Wyatt 4, Taylor 2, McLachlan 2, Latimer 1.