Eastern Utah men bounce back after first loss
The CEU men's basketball team knew that conference play would be tough. With four of the six teams in the SWAC ranked in the top 20, losses are bound to happen even to the strongest teams. On Friday Jan. 9th the Eagles faced their first conference test and suffered their first loss of the season to North Idaho College by a score of 72-63.
But even with no time to regroup, the Eagles came back and took a rare victory from Southern Idaho on Saturday by a score of 94-78.
In the Friday loss, Darington Hobson and Stephen Franklin both scored 17 points. Hobson put up another double/double with 14 rebounds.
With two minutes left in the game the Golden Eagles were only down two points. A series of miscues came next for the home team and that proved to be the margin that gave their opponent the momentum as NIC hit some big shots to extend the score and grab the nine point win.
On Saturday many of the long time CEU fans were asking, "When was the last time a CEU men's team blew out a Southern Idaho team?" The Saturday victory was a rare event as the Eagles blasted CSI and resumed their winning ways.The home team hit their shots and went 65 percent from the floor. The hot shooting which included 5 of 13 three pointers. They also shot 19 of 24 free throws.
Hobson led the way with 18 points, while Franklin posted 17 of his own. Isaiah Williams stepped up and added 15 to the total.
Coach Craig was proud of the defense, especially in the second half, which was a noticeable difference from the night before. The men's team survived the first weekend of conferenc play at 1-1.
CEU travels to Salt Lake this Friday and then head South to Snow this Saturday as conference play continues.