CEU basketball teams send CNCC packing
On Saturday both the CEU men and women stopped their losing streak and posted a win against Colorado Northwestern in front of a hometown crowd. The Lady Eagles were the first to beat their opponent with a close 78-75 win over the Spartans. Then the men took over and left nothing to doubt with a 107-67 trouncing of the CNCC men's team.
The women took the court at 3 p.m. and the Lady Eagles set the tone early. The Spartans made some runs at the lead, but CEU kept them at bay in the first half. At the break the Lady Eagles led by nine.
But CNCC was not ready to concede yet another loss and came out hard in the second period of play. CEU pushed their lead up to ten, only to see it slip back to only a point or two over and over and over again. With three minutes left, things looked good for the Lady Eagles. With two minutes to play, a couple of key threes from the Cardinals had put the lead in a precarious position.
Holding onto a slim lead and with all the pressure on her shoulders, CEU's Libby Alon hit her critical free throws in the final seconds of the game to not let the win slip away.
Leading the winning offensive effort was Bruna Deichmann with 26 points. Kaylie Robison had another double-double scoring 18 points and pulling in 11 rebounds. Samara Pereira added 11 points to the cause.
Coach Dave Paur was relieved to get the win, "It's a win. We made mistakes in the final minutes, but we did enough good things to hold on. Libby Alon hit her free throws when we needed it. They (CNCC) are a better team than they used to be and getting better every game. They played us tough."
Then the men took the floor and CEU controlled things from tip off to the final whistle. CEU's offense seemed to run with precision as they took the ball down and scored on almost every possession in the first half.
Meanwhile their defense was active and prevented the Cardinals from getting into any kind of rhythm. By the break they had doubled up their opponent 50-25.
While CNCC managed to get their offense in gear in the second half, they did not really ever cut into the deficit they were in in the early part of the game. In the end it was a 40 point blow-out for the Eagles.
Five CEU players hit double figures. Michael Glover led the way with a double double of 20 points and 13 boards. Jonathan Mills added 18 points. Fernando DeFavari, Vander Jorquim and Nick Thompson stuffed in 10 apiece.
With the win, CEU men moved back into a tie for second place in the SWAC with SLCC at 7-4. CSI is in fourth at 7-5. The CEU women remain in fifth place at 3-8.
Next up for the CEU teams is Salt Lake on Friday with games at 5:15 and 7 p.m. Then they head down 1-15 to Snow College for afternoon games on Saturday with tip-off at 3:15 and 5 p.m.