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Better than a poke in an eye with a sharp stick, no matter who you beat.
It's a good thing, as Martha Stewart would say.
With the visit of Northwestern Colorado to town last weekend the mens basketball team from the College of Eastern Utah will have some momentum going into their home games with Dixie State this Friday and Saturday as they beat the Spartans 97-87 on Friday and literally destroyed them on Saturday night with a 82-51 shellacking.
During both games there were a lot of heros as each night the team posted five players in double figures.
On top of that good ball handling as well as strong rebounding struck down the hapless Spartans whose record is now a dismal 0-10 (4-17 overall).
The wins put CEU at the even mark (5-5) in league play and 14-7 overall.
Both games were over before the visitors even knew it. On Friday the halftime score was 61-34; Saturday it was 36-28.
But the difference was that on Friday night the Spartans had some spunk and if the teams were playing halves instead of whole games, they would have won one of the four halves as they out scored and out hustled the home team 56-53. But it wasn't enough to make up the hole they had dug themselves in the first period of the game.
CEU poured in the three pointers too, making 10 of them in the first game. Their shooting percentage from beyond downtown mark was 40 percent.
High scorers on Friday night included Tyler Billings who led the team with 26 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Mike McCrary put in 16 points and had four assists.
Adding to the damage was Tyler Kepkay with 15 points, John Rogers with 11 and Tate Sorenson with 10.
Saturday night the scoring session went a little different as the team beat up on the Spartans in both halves of the game.
McCrary took it to them with 21 points, while Rogers added 16. Sorenson put in 11 and had three rebounds.
Belford Williams had a good game too putting in 10 points and pulling down nine rebounds. Billings also added 10 points.
CEU shot over 52 percent from the field on Friday night while on Saturday they cooled down a little to 46 percent.
Free throw percentages were inconsistent between the two evenings. On Friday the team only shot 56.7 percent on 17 of 30 shots. But on Saturday that improved to 80.8 percent on 21 of 26. The team made all of their foul shots in the first half going 7-7.
Now the Golden Eagles must face Dixie, the third place team (6-6, 15-9) this weekend for two games at home.
The last time the two teams met on Dec. 1, the Rebels won the game 91-77.
The SWAC is shaping up as it usually does this time of year. Southern Idaho, a perennial power since the school was opened in the mid-1960's has a 9-1 (18-4) record and leads Northern Idaho, who has played more games (9-3, 19-5) than the Screaming Eagles. Salt Lake Community College is tied for third with Dixie at 6-6 (15-7). Snow College is in sixth place with a 4-8 (6-17) record.
The games start on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m.