CSI Men's Basketball battles back, but ultimately falls in first round of NJCAA tourney

HUTCHINSON, Ks. ( KMVT / KWCH ) No one expected the College of Southern Idaho Men's Basketball team to make the national tournament.

Heck, they're weren't even supposed to win the conference title.

But they upset Snow in the Region 18 title game, followed by winning on the road at Western Arizona to claim the district championship.

Booking its 24th trip to the national tournament, they're taking on a Northern Oklahoma - Enid team making its first appearance.
The Golden Eagles took a ten point lead early on, but that quickly diminished.

The Jets led 46-37 at halftime.

Ty Lazenby of Northern Oklahoma scored a whopping 40 points, he had 22 by halftime and sends the Golden Eagles home after just one game, 95-90 the final.

"I felt like we settled for too many jumpers, instead of attacking the rim like we've been good at until this point. I think we picked up the defensive energy a little bit, got out of the funk, again we could cut into that deficit and every time they need a bucket, they seemed to get it," explained CSI Men's Basketball head coach Jared Phay.

Freshman Charles Jones Jr. who had a team-high 19 points added, "I feel like we needed to get something going so I am going to do whatever I can for the team."

On ending the season, Jones said, "I'm kind of angry and sad about it. The sophomores here, they were great. It's tough losing the guys I've been living with for seven months now."

"Give us a week and we'll be fine. We'll think what an accomplishment it was and a great season. It doesn't feel like it now. but we will," added Phay.

CSI finishes the year at 27-7.

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