CEU men's basketball continues to dominate
For the CEU men's basketball team it was a good news and bad news weekend. The bad news is that Northern Idaho beat Southern Idaho twice this weekend to hold onto their first place grasp in the SWAC standings. The good news - actually the great news - was that the Eagles buried Snow 94-85 Friday and then held on to defeat Salt Lake 70-65 on Saturday to take sole possession of second place.
The Eagles have a good shot at the first place title because they head north this weekend to take on both NIC and CSI in their final two regular season games before the conference tournament in two weeks.
Friday night's game was all CEU as they manhandled the Badgers for most of the game. They were ahead by 19 at the break and then cruised to the win. Jonathan Mills and Nick Thompson combined for 32 points. Mills added nine rebounds. Isiah Williams hit for 13. Michael Glover and Vander Jorquim put up 12 each to round out the Eagle offensive effort.
For Coach Chris Craig, getting that win under their belts was expected, but a relief that his team did not overlook Snow as they eyed their match up with Salt Lake.
On Saturday night the home team got off to a slow start as the Bruins came out aggressive. CEU struggled to find their rhythm while the whistle blew often for the home boys. But before the half was over they began to gel and left for the locker room, nursing a single point lead.
Salt Lake came out and seemed to regain the momentum they had given up. But this time it didn't take as long for the Eagles to find the magic and the game was on. It was a physical contest and SLCC had the lead with under five minutes left to play, but in the end it was CEU who outlasted the Bruins to get the victory.
Glover led all scorers with 26 points. He was an astounding 14/14 from the line. Mills was a force all over the court with 16 points and 11 rebounds for yet double-double game. Williams rounded up the offense with 13.
This Friday night CEU will take on NIC for all the marbles as they face them on the road in Coer d'Alene, Idaho. They play CSI on Saturday on the road.
The SWAC conference tournament will be held in Price for the first time ever. Both men's and women's teams will face off over three days with the winners heading to the National NJCAA tournament. The event is at the B-DAC on March 4-6. Tickets are available at the B-DAC. CEU Season tickets and student passes are not valid at the tournament.