Splits highlight weekend hoop action at CEU
|Chandler Pearson, former Emery Spartan, takes the ball to the hoop agains a Dixie player on Friday night. CEU won that contest 91-90 in a squeeker.|
With the College of Eastern Utah men's basketball team fifth in the conference and Dixie sitting in the number four spot, the weekend games looked to be a great match-up.
And the two teams that showed up at the BDAC on Friday and Saturday nights didn't let the crowd down.
In two close games the two squads each marked a win and a loss on their records with CEU prevailing on Friday, 91-90 and the Rebels taking the decision on Saturday in a much lower scoring affair, 73-70.
So for one 24 hour period the teams were tied in the standings, but by the time Saturday night ended they both were back where they were on Thursday.
Friday night CEU took control in the first half of play, building a 15 point lead by the break.
The Rebels were undeterred by the lead and came out determined to climb back in the game. Their bench was a contributing force in the comeback.
But in a game where close is not good enough, one point was the difference to the Golden Eagle victory.
Three point shooting remains a strong point for the Eagles as they hit 13 longballs. Tyler Billings went 7-9 from the three point line. He was also the leading scorer with 30 points on the night.
Saturday night came and this time it was the Rebels who took the early lead. They kept the momentum they had built in the second half the previous night and were up by 11 at the half.
So the CEU squad needed to dig themselves out of the hole they let themselves get into.
Their three point shooting cooled considerably as the Golden Eagles only hit 6-28 on the night.
Living by the three point shot was not going to work on this night.
Tate Sorensen put 29 points on the board but it wasn't enough to get the job done.
CEU now sits at 7-7 in conference play and have a 15-8 overall record.
They will travel to Ephraim to take on Snow College this Friday and Saturday night.
|A Lady Rebel is a little late putting up her hand on defense as CEU's Whitney Fardig has already put up a shot.|
When the College of Eastern Utah women's basketball squad are hot, they are scorching.
But when they are cold, you best put a coat on to watch them play.
This past weekend saw an example of both sides of the Lady Golden Eagles as they took on Dixie State for a two game stand. The result was a resounding victory for CEU on Friday night, 103-93, and a decisive defeat on Saturday evening, 81-67.
Friday night the heat was there as the Eagles were able to put on an offensive show. The first half saw the game stay close. CEU was only shooting 32 percent as they went into the locker room.
However the women didn't waste the opportunity from the free throw line though as they went 6-6 in the first period.
The second half of play was the key as CEU stepped up their shooting to 54 percent while the Rebels could only hit an anemic 28 percent of their field goals.
The Rebels tried to use outside shooting to climb back in the game, but went 1-12 from the three point line.
Staci Little came off the bench for a game high 17 points. Kaylynn Fager added 14.
The CEU scoring momentum couldn't be sustained on Saturday night however. The Eagles came out flat and quickly fell behind the Lady Rebels. They would continue to try and play catch up all night long.
Dixie dominated the boards and out rebounded the CEU squad by 49-40. They were especially aggressive on the defensive end where they took 32 off the glass.
Neither team was hot from beyond the arc in this contest. CEU went 6-27 and the Rebels shot 6-22.
The Eagles made a few small runs to try and put a dent in the deficit, but in the end it was too little, too late.
CEU sits in fifth place in the conference with a 5-7 record. They are 14-10 overall.
However, the once top 20 rating (in the preseason) for the team has lost some of its luster in the last month and a half due to their fall in the standings. But fans know that the Scenie West Athletic Conference is one of the toughest junior college leagues in America, and that wins in the league are hard to get.
The womens squad will now join the CEU men's squad in traveling to Ephraim to take on Snow this Friday and Saturday night.
The Lady Badgers are in sixth place with a 3-9 conference record.