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Golden Eagles soar past NIC, CSI USU Eastern Men riding high at 13-1 after sweeping Idaho Colleges By KEVIN SCANNELL

Sun Advocate sports reporter

In season’s past the USU Eastern Golden Eagles wouldn’t have won these types of games. They would come close but unfortunately they would fall to teams with more depth and better talent. But not this time around. USU Eastern showed their depth and talent across the roster in two big wins including a nail biting 85-83 win over North Idaho College on Fan Appreciation Night on Dec. 12 followed by a 95-85 win over College of Southern Idaho on Dec. 14. In both games, the Golden Eagles used the talent in the backcourt and frontcourt to pull out two key wins to start Scenic West Athletic Conference play at 2-0 and move to 13-1 on the season. With a break for the holidays, it was the perfect way for the team to finish before resuming play on Jan.

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Travon Langston (#5) and other members of the USU Eastern bench celebrate after a made 3-point shot in a win over Southern Idaho on Saturday.

1 against Western Wyoming Community College. There is no better way for us to go into the break than with these two big wins,” said USU Eastern head coach Adjalma Becheli. With the tough competition that the SWAC provides, Becheli said he and the team realize how vital it is to win every game at home. “The level of competition in the SWAC has become equal and teams are showing that anyone can win,” said Becheli. “It’s very important for us to protect our home floor over the rest of the season.” Kendahl Amerson led USU Eastern with a team-high 28 points in the win over NIC. Amerson scored 17 points in the first half and added another 11 in the second to help pace the Golden Eagles. Travon Langston scored five points but his three free throws down the stretch helped secure the victory. Against the College of Southern Idaho, USU Eastern jumped out to an early double

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Lady Eagles take down #10 North Idaho College in 88-80 OT win USU Eastern women nearly pull off weekend sweep in four-point loss to #3 ranked College of Southern Idaho on both offense and defense, Paur has his players running The tests on the schedule up and down the court all with North Idaho College and game long. Add in the tough College of Southern Idaho competition, are enough and it made to make any the outcomes team uncomof both games fortable. that much Don’t tell more impresOur team is a that to the sive. lot tougher than USU Eastern “Our team I anticipated womens basis a lot tougher ketball team. than I anticiA team pated,” said USU Eastern struggling Paur after the Head Coach early in the t e a m ’s l oss non-conferto Southern Dave Paur ence schedIdaho. “We’re ule, the Lady hanging tough Eagles rose to and playing the occasion well against defeating #10 some top ranked North Idaho College teams.” 88-80 in overtime on Dec. 12 Against North Idaho, the before dropping a close game Lady Eagles grabbed a second with #6 ranked College of half lead of 20 points and Southern Idaho 77-73 on Dec. looked headed to a runaway 14. win. But North Idaho had USU Eastern head coach other ideas as they battled Dave Paur said the two games back and tied the game at 73 showed a lot about how far all with 30 seconds left in the the team has come. With a game. USU Eastern’s Larissa new fast-paced style of play (Continued on page 2B) By KEVIN SCANNELL

Sun Advocate sports reporter

USU Eastern’s Larissa Quintana (#24) provided a key scoring option for the Lady Eagles in their 88-80 overtime win against North Idaho College on Dec. 12. Quintana finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.

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Caroline Fisher (#15, right) looks to drive against the North Idaho defense during the second half. Fisher finished with 13 points against North Idaho and scored 11 points against College of Southern Idaho.

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