MEN'S BASKETBALL: Cardinals' defense fuels second-half comeback
Trailing 30-27 at the half, the Cardinals clamped down on defense, holding Columbia Basin CC to just 25 second-half points on 29% shooting in an 81-55 victory Monday night in Pasco, Washington. The game was rescheduled after inclement weather closed schools in the Tri-Cities area January 11th. Five Cards scored in double-figures led by the 18 points of Marcus Golder, who continues his hot shooting, going 7-of-9 from the field and 4-for-4 from the charity strip. Sam Dowd and Jalen Burkett each added 13 points while Niko Bevens and Zaequan Satterwaite tossed in 11 apiece. Burkett and Satterwaite each grabbed 8 rebounds.
“Our defense was actually pretty good the whole game,” Head Coach Corey Symons said afterwards, as the Cardinals held the Hawks 15 points under their season average of 70 points per game. “We talked at the half about getting our offense going and I think the guys responded pretty well.”
The Cardinals, now 18-3 overall, (6-2) in the NWAC, one game behind Walla Walla in the Eastern Conference, continue their road trip this Saturday against Yakima Valley 8-11 (2-5). Game time, 20 minutes after the conclusion of the 2pm Women’s game. Both games will be webcast at nicathletics.com.
Head Men's Basketball Coach, Corey Symons
(208) 769-3352 or Corey.Symons@nic.edu