Chadron’s 3-pointers sink Maverick men

One night after one of its best defensive performances of the season, the Colorado Mesa men’s basketball team couldn’t do anything to stop red-hot Chadron State.

The Eagles shot 63 percent from the floor and made a season-best 17 3-pointers to defeat Colorado Mesa 94-82 on Saturday night in Chadron, Neb.

“They play really well at home,” CMU coach Andy Shantz said. “It didn’t matter, whatever they shot, it went in. They played as well as anyone I’ve seen in a long time.”

Chadron State (10-11, 7-10 RMAC) made 14 3-pointers Friday night in 90-62 victory over Western State Colorado University.

The 17 3-pointers were the second-most given up by the Mavs this season. They allowed 18 in a road loss to Colorado Christian in the first game back after the Christmas break.

Colorado Mesa (10-11, 8-9 RMAC) limited Black Hills State to 10 3-pointers and 36 percent shooting from the floor in a 71-64 victory Friday night.

“We’ve got to make them miss,” Shantz said. “I thought we did (turn a corner playing defense). Tonight, for whatever reason, they hit the first couple. It was hard to stop.”

Six players scored in double figures for Chadron State. David Downey led the way with 19 points. The senior shooting guard hit five 3-pointers and shot 70 percent from the floor.

Landon Vermeer led the Mavericks with 21 points. Ryan Stephan scored 17 points, and Carlos Perez added 10.

Chadron State started the game with an 11-3 run with three 3-pointers, all from different players. The Eagles pushed their lead to 18 points on their fifth 3-pointer of the night with 11:40 left in the first half.

The Mavericks cut Chadron’s lead to eight points with 1:35 left in the half and trailed by 11 at the intermission.

Mesa opened the second half with an 8-2 run to get within five points, but Chadron heated up again, hitting four 3-pointers in a four-minute span for a 69-52 lead.

“The way they shot the ball, I’m surprised it was that close, honestly,” Shantz said. “We tried to trap for a while. I waited until halfway through the second half (to switch to a zone defense), and that didn’t work. They hit a couple 3s in that.

“We played behind all night long. That’s tough to come back from on the second night of a long road trip.”

The Mavericks shot the ball well themselves, making 55 percent from the floor, and they hit 12 of 13 free throws.

Colorado Mesa hosts New Mexico Highlands and Western New Mexico next weekend at Brownson Arena.


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