MEN'S BASKETBALL: Improved defense wins game
Head Coach Corey Symons spent nearly all of practice time leading up to Saturday’s road trip to Blue Mountain Community College preaching defense. Point well taken as the Cards knocked off the Timberwolves 79-58, holding Blue Mountain to 38% shooting from the field and just 24 second-half points.
The Cards came alive offensively as well in claiming their first NWAC road victory, shooting 54% from the field with four players ending up with double figures. Leading scorer Marcus Golder, finished with his season average of 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting as well as adding a team-high 6 rebounds. The freshman got things rolling early going 5-for-5 from the field and 3-for-3 from the charity stripe in the first 20 minutes. His running mate Jalen Burkett also had a fine shooting night adding 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Sam Dowd continued his steady play with 15 points and 8 assists while Zaequan Satterthwaite dropped in 12 points with his strong inside presence.
“Without a doubt, it was our best defensive effort of the year,” said Head Coach Corey Symons. “But we need to keep it going.”
The Cardinals, now 17-3 (5-2) travel to Pasco, Washington Monday night to face Columbia Basin in a game that was postponed from January 11th
because of school closures. Tip-off 20 minutes after the conclusion of the Women’s game which starts at 6pm. Both games will be webcast at nicathletics.com.
Head Men's Basketball Coach, Corey Symons
(208) 769-3352 or Corey.Symons@nic.edu