CEU host tough on Colorado Northwestern
Over the weekend, College of Eastern Utah basketball played host to Colorado Northwestern College.
But they were not a very generous host as they sent Spartans home with a pair of losses. The final score on Friday was CEU 108, CNCC 71 and on Saturday the Golden Eagles really shut down the scoring effort for the Colorado team and it resulted in the final score of CEU 94, CNCC 44.
The weekend before in Rangely, Colo., CEU was almost knocked off by the struggling Spartans, but managed to survive with a win.
"They gave us fits," said Coach Chris Craig before the Friday night rematch. "Actually we gave ourselves fits. We weren't ready to play. We'll see if we're ready tonight."
CNCC cames out on fire at the start of the Friday game and hit multiple threes to take an early lead. But CEU came right back with some good defense and began hitting treys of their own. Stephen Franklin scored 15 first half points and secured a double/double with 12 first half rebounds. Aaron England was hot beyond the arc with 12.
In the second half, it was no contest, as the CNCC team put up little effort. The Golden Eagles cruised. Overall Franklin led the team with 24 points on 9/13 shooting, a three pointer, five free throws and 16 rebounds. Nick Thompson ended with 18 points and was the second Golden Eagle player to achieve a double/double as he pounded the boards for 11 rebounds. England scored 16 points and a pair of threes. Phillip (Tree) Thomas finished with14 points and went six of seven at the line. Mike Scott scored 11 points and also had a double/double as he dished out 10 assists.
A strong point for the Golden Eagles was their rebounding. CEU grabbed 52 boards in comparison to CNCC's 28.
On Saturday it was CEU who jumped out fast and hard with a 10-0 run. Chandler Pearson had 10 defensive rebounds and four assists in the half. Franklin put up 14 points. The team shot 63 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line to take a 31 point lead into the locker room.
The second half was almost too easy for the Eagles as they kept focus the entire second half and won with one of the largest point differences in a conference game this year with a 50 point margin. The Eagle defense was aggressive as the Spartans shot 18/61 from the field for 29.5 percent. Franklin again led the team with 22 points. He went four of four from the charity line. Tree Thomas finished with 19 points. Pearson scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for a monster double/double. He still found time to dish out six assists.
The Golden Eagles shot 58.3 percent from the field and dominated on the rebounds 43 to 22.
The win keeps CEU in second place in the conference behind Salt Lake.
CEU moved up the polls from 24th to 19th. The Scenic West Athletic Conference still has three teams remaining in the top 25 rankings as Southern Idaho dropped out of the rankings. Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is still the highest ranked team moving up a notch to 6th. The Bruins did however drop a game Saturday to Snow for their first conference loss. North Idaho (NIC) dropped down to 18th.
CEU's Mike Scott is 6th best in free throw percentage in the country at 85.39 percent. He has hit 76 of 89 attempts at the charity stripe.
This weekend the Eagles will visit Twin Falls, Idaho to take on CSI for a pair of games.