Golden Eagles return to victorious ways
After a short four game losing streak, the College of Eastern Utah Golden Eagles are getting back to finding ways to win. They are currently sitting on a three game winning streak after dispersing with both Southern Idaho and Northern Idaho at home this weekend.
Friday night saw the Eagles take care of business from start to finish with a 91-73 win over Southern Idaho. The home crowd on Saturday were treated to another thrilling 76-66 win on Saturday evening over NIC.
Friday night was pretty much all Eagles when CEU jumped out to a 12 point edge by the half. They really caught fire in the second period as they lit up the scoreboard, shooting 65 percent from the field. They ended up with five players in double figures including Jonathan Mills who had yet another double-double. He hit for 16 points and pulled in 13 boards. Vander Jorquim was top scorer with 18 points and four blocks. Michael Glover put up 17, Nick Thompson added 14 and Isiah Williams finished with 13.
NIC is currently sitting on top of the SWAC standings, but CEU did not let that deter them from handing them another loss. The Cardinals led throughout the first half until the final minutes, when the Eagles moved in front. As CEU took control of the second half, frustration set in for the Cardinal and the Eagles headed to the line. CEU made 11-14 from the charity strip, while giving up only four of five to NIC.
Mills ended up with another double-double as he scored 14 points and pulled in 10 rebounds. Glover led the Eagle scoring with 16 while Williams added 15 and Jorquim rounded it up with 10.
The Eagles are in third place by a percentage point below SLCC. NIC still sits on top with a lot of region play left to go. CEU heads to Colorado Northwestern this weekend for what should be an easy win. They will have played Western Wyoming in a non-conference game to stay sharp on Tuesday.
Salt Lake will be in town on Feb. 20. That may be a preview of the conference championship match-up game. Both teams are playing some of their best basketball of the season. That game will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Snow will be in town on the 19th for a 7 p.m. game.
With the Eagles poised to make a run at the SWAC title this year, it is exciting that the conference tournament is going to be held here at the B-DAC on March 5 and 6. SLCC went on to win the Junior College National Championship last year so the action will be intense and exiting.
The women's tournament will also be held at the same time here in Price. The public is encouraged to make plans to take in some or all of the action over the weekend.