TWIN FALLS — In its first home game of the young season, the College of Southern Idaho men’s basketball team lost 92-87 to Western Nebraska CC.
CSI, ranked No. 10 in the NJCAA Division I poll, came out strong and led 57-47 at halftime of the Fisher’s Tech Invitational game. A Khalid Thomas 3-pointer top open the second half increased the lead to 60-47. But Western Nebraska went on a 13-0 run to knot it up, and the Cougars built a seven-point lead with 7:25 to go.
The Golden Eagles battled back and took an 86-85 lead with 1:38 remaining, but Western Nebraska took control after that.
CSI’s Charles Jones Jr. led all scorers with 23 points (6-of-18 on field goals), and he dished out seven assists. Danya Kingsby and Jake Hendricks each scored 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting, and Thomas had 13 points (6-of-7).
The Golden Eagles (2-1) conclude the tournament against Casper College, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. back at CSI.
Big second quarter helps CSI women stay undefeated
MESA, Ariz. — The CSI women’s basketball team improved to 4-0 after defeating Mesa Community College on the first day of the Mesa Tournament.
The Golden Eagles trailed 18-15 after one quarter, but a 16-6 second quarter gave them a seven-point lead at halftime. Mesa cut the deficit to three going into the fourth quarter, but CSI held on.
CSI’s Tiena Afu scored 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, and she grabbed 10 rebounds. Chesney Campbell also had 13 points (5-of-11) and eight rebounds, and Mallory Lapoole tallied 10 points (5-of-10) and five boards.
Filer High School graduate Meghan Hughes grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for the Golden Eagles, who conclude the Mesa Tournament Saturday at noon against Cochise College.