CEU mens team downed by CSI
The College of Eastern Utah mens basketball team went into the two game weekend match up with the College of Southern Idaho sitting in second place in conference action. When all was said and done hey came out in fourth.
Friday's battle went the distance as CEU took CSI into overtime before finally succumbing to a 118-112 defeat. The next day however the game was not near as epic, as the Eagles lost 85-60.
Coach Chris Craig was hoping for a split at one of the toughest places to play in the conference. But the team fell short of the goal and lost ground on its claim as one of the top teams in the conference.
The Eagles were hopeful going in on Friday when Darington Hobson returned to the line-up after missing five games. He made his presence felt quickly as he shot for 14 first half points. Stephen Franklin added seven points while Aaron England posted six.
In the second half CEU found themselves in a hole by 11 points. The deficit continued to grow until the Eagles made a big push to cut the lead the lead to seven with 1:52 left.
They continued to whittle away at the CSI lead. With a minute left CEU was just down by two. A three point shot attempt by CEU was blocked but a foul was called. The referees had to go to the tape recording and review it to see if the foul was called before time expired. The tape was not conclusive, so the decision was made that there was a foul, not on the actual three point attempt but away from the ball, so two charity stripe chances were given to CEU. Mike Scott then hit both free throws as the eastern Utah team came back from 17 points down to send the game into overtime. At that point the score was knotted at 103.
In overtime CEU's Nick Thompson scored six straight points but CSI stayed ahead by a bucket. CEU's shot attempt was blocked and then CSI was fouled. A technical foul was also called on CEU's head coach, and a second one was called on the Eagle bench. This resulted in Coach Craig's ejection from the game. CSI got four free throws and hit them all. In the end the Eagles could not sustain the comeback effort and dropped what was a heart breaker of a game.
Five Golden Eagle players scored in double digits during the contest. Hobson had yet another double/double, scoring 28 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Scott and Franklin each added 18. Scott also dished out nine assists. Thompson hit 14 and England scored 12.
CSI had 56 free throw attempts. They missed 20 to help fuel CEU's comeback attempt. CEU out rebounded CSI 49 to 36.
On Saturday the Golden Eagle highlights were few and far between as the team was not able to put the same energy into the game after the close loss on Friday evening. Hobson recorded another double/double with 21 points and 12 rebounds but got little help from any of his teammates. No other player scored in double digits. It was the lowest output of the year for the team. CEU was also out rebounded by CSI. Franklin pulled in 10 rebounds and scored seven points.
This game was a big difference from the Jan. 10 contest when CEU beat CSI by 16 points at home. The two losses give CEU a 5-4 conference record and that moved CEU into a tie for third in the conference with CSI. Northern Idaho College moved into second with a split of its games with Salt Lake Community College over the weekend.
Next week the Eagles head back to Idaho to take on that tough NIC squad.