SALT LAKE CITY – The Western Nebraska Community College and College of Southern Idaho men’s basketball team battled in a contest that wasn’t settled until the last second of the contest when the Golden Eagles sank a ¾ shot trey for a 60-57 win Friday night in Region 9/18 Challenge in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Both teams were pretty equal throughout the night. WNCC shot 37 percent from the field while making seven treys, while CSI was 38 percent from the field with eight treys.

CSI led 30-26 at halftime and then the Cougars came back in the second half and outscored the Golden Eagles 31-30. WNCC had a lead late at 57-56. CSI converted one of two free throws to tie the game.

WNCC came down with nine seconds left and missed a shot with about four seconds to play. CSI got the rebound and that was when the Golden Eagles took a last second shot from over the halfcourt line that went in for the win.

WNCC had three players finish in double figures. Jordan Smith led the way with 12 points with three 3-pointers. James Felton tallied 11 points while Jarred Rosser had 10 points.

The Cougars finished with 34 rebounds on the night, led by Smith with seven and Kenny Strawbridge with six.

WNCC, 2-2, will be back in action Saturday when they face Salt Lake Community College in the second day of the classic. No. 13 Salt Lake fell to No. 22 Casper College 92-89 in overtime.

 WNCC 26 31 – 57

CSI 30 30 – 60

WNCC

Jarred Rosser 10, Elie Cadet 4, Sami Harun 5, Jordan Smith 12, Kenny Strawbridge 5, Conner McCracken 6, Kalen Williams 3, James Felton 11, Mohamed Youssef 1.

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