EPHRAIM, Utah — The College of Southern Idaho men’s basketball team handled Snow College 97-69 on Thursday night, netting Jared Phay his 100th win as CSI’s head coach.
“It’s an honor,” Phay told the Times-News over the phone Thursday night. “It’s an honor to even coach at CSI.”
Phay, in his fourth season with the Golden Eagles, downplayed the importance of the round number he earned Thursday night. He was more focused on the win itself — a blowout over a team that took CSI to the wire on Jan. 6 in Twin Falls.
“I’ve been coming down here for 16 years and never won by that much,” Phay said. “Our guys are really playing together and playing the right way.”
CSI trailed 37-36 at halftime on Thursday but outscored the Badgers 61-32 in the second half. The Golden Eagles shot 62.2 percent from the field and held Snow to a 31.3 percent mark in the half.
CSI sophomore guard Charles Jones Jr. scored a game-high 31 points on 16 shots (4-of-9 on 3-pointers), while Khalid Thomas had 18 on 13 shots, Jake Hendricks scored 14 on 10 shots (4-of-9 from 3) and Danya Kingsby poured in 13 on eight shots.
The Golden Eagles (20-3, 4-1) host Colorado Northwestern CC on Saturday.
Pour shooting sinks
EPHRAIM, Utah — The College of Southern Idaho women’s basketball team dropped to 0-2 against Snow College this season after Thursday’s 64-55 road loss.
CSI shot poorly in the first half (26.5 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from 3-point range), but it forced 11 turnovers while only surrendering three to keep the game close. Snow led 27-25 at halftime.
The Golden Eagles took a one-point lead early in the third quarter, but the Badgers dominated after that and outscored CSI 21-11 in the period.
Snow shot well all game, especially in the second half, where it went 12-of-19 (63.2 percent) from the field. Overall, the Badgers shot 51.2 percent from the field, 46.2 percent from 3 and 100 percent (14-of-14) from the free-throw line.
Freshman Kayla Hugie led the way for Snow with a game-high 19 points on pristine shooting: 6-of-8 on FGs, 3-of-4 on 3s and 4-of-4 on FTs.
Freshman guard Mallory Lapoole led CSI with 18 points (7-of-15 from the field), and she grabbed six rebounds. Sophomore guard Meghan Hughes, a Filer High School graduate, scored 15 points (7-of-13).
The Golden Eagles shot 30 percent from the field and 18.5 percent from 3 as a team.
CSI (18-5, 3-2) returns to Twin Falls this weekend and will host Colorado Northwestern CC on Saturday afternoon.