This archived article was written by: Bronson Harker
The College of Eastern Utah Golden Eagles dropped three of their last four to end the regular season in fourth place.
On Feb. 23, North Idaho College defeated the Eagles 94 to 85. The Cardinals had seven players score in double figures led by Shawn Henderson’s 19. Henderson also had 10 rebounds to lead NIC, while NIC added 40 rebounds to CEU’s 28.
Although the Eagles took a large amount of free throws, connecting with 86 percent, the story of the night was that the Eagles just couldn’t knock down shots.
The next night a different outcome came. CEU barely took the game 97 to 96 in overtime, after losing an earlier 20-point lead gained by good basketball on the Eagles part.
Felix Caspari owned the boards hauling in 18 rebounds to go along with his 12 points, one block and one steal.
Jeremy Lathan played superbly hitting five 3 pointers and all of his nine foul shots in route to a 28 point, six assist and one-steal night. Tyler Kepkay had 21 points to go along with his seven assists.
NIC was resilient and fought their way back into the game with some clutch shooting late in the second half. The Eagles were out-scored by 16 in the second half before they ultimately took the game by one in overtime.
The next weekend the College of Southern Idaho hosted the Eagles in Twin Falls and defeated CEU in both contests.
On March 2, CSI won 94 to 85 and again the story was rebounding. CSI out rebounded CEU 60 to 38 and had six players score in double figures. Brandon Stores had a ridiculous night recording a triple double for CSI including 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocked shots.
The CEU Eagles saw Tony Dalton step up with his best game this season with 19 points, nine rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block. Dalton, who has been playing his best basketball, connected on five of seven 3 pointers. CSI outscored CEU 42 to 24 in the paint and also had 34 points to CEU’s 13 off the bench. The next night CEU had a good first half, only down by one before CSI took control of the game, winning 107 to 82.