TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) After losing by two on Thursday to Salt Lake, CSI nearly got upset by Colorado Northwestern.
The Golden Eagles took Saturday night's game, 91-89, by far the closest margin of victory over the Spartans all season long. For the second night in a row, the bench came up big time with five athletes scoring in double figures, led by David Walker with 22.
The bench actually produced 67 of the team's 91 points. Brayden Parker had a solid campaign with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Malik Porter had 12 points and six boards, the only starter to get into double figures.
Parker explained, "well it was Sophomore Night and I love the sophomores to death, they're a big part of our season, they're just great for us." "So I was excited to go off the bench. My role was rebounding and having fun."
Porter said, "we just wanted to fight, I know it was sophomore night and struggled. CNC, they shot the ball well. We just have to fight, find a way to win."
The Golden Eagles' next task is Snow College on the road Thursday. Snow is currently in first place at 8-3, but if the Golden Eagles beat them, they'll be the regular season champs and take the number one seed to the Region 18 tournament.
The contest marks the Badgers last game, but CSI's second to last, as they're at USU-Eastern on Saturday.
For Parker and Porter, it's about getting business done against conference foes.
"For Snow, if we can go up there and get them we can cut those nets down. That will be fun." "They're a great team, they shoot the ball well, they have great posts. It will be a good match-up for us, we can't overlook anybody. And for USU, we can't overlook them. They got us once. We have got to go out and play our game," added Parker.