Eagle men move to 2-0

OMAHA – A 12-1 run to close out the first half helped the Chadron State men's basketball team take a 36-24 intermission lead en route to an 82-65 victory over Grace University in Omaha on Thursday night.

The Eagles, now 2-0, also scored the first five points of the second half for their biggest lead and were ahead by at least 11 points the rest of the way.

Much of the Eagles' advantage came at the free throw line, where they sank 33 of 47 shots while the Royals were 18 of 31.

Chadron State's leading scorer was 6-foot-4 junior Kendrick Holliman, who made 12 of 14 free throws while tallying 17 points. Zac Bargen added 12 points, Josiah Lee 10 and both Chris Smith and Nathaniel Boykin nine for the Eagles. Boykin led CSC in rebounding with six.

Grace, now 1-6, was paced by sophomore guard Hakeem Stewart with 23 points, 19 of them in the second half. He also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds.

Spencer Plank added 14 points and Lance Evans 11 for the Royals.

The Eagles shot 44 percent (22-50) from the field while Grace hit 33 percent (21-63). Both teams sank five 3-pointers.

The Eagles will open their home schedule Tuesday night by hosting South Dakota Mines in the second half of a double-header. The women's game will open the action at 5:30.

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