EPHRAIM—The Snow College Badgers picked up two wins this past week and improved to 4-3 in conference play after beating the College of Southern Nevada, 86-72, as well as collecting a non-conference win of 117-67 over RSL Academy.
Against Southern Nevada, the Badgers scored 46 of their 86 points in the paint and shot 50% from the field on their way to a 22-point halftime lead. Snow College held the Coyotes to 17% shooting from the field in the first half.
“It’s good we had a lead because they are a really good team,” Head Coach Rob Nielson said. “They showed in the second half how explosive they can be.”
The Coyotes came storming back in the second half as forward Darren Jones scored 22 points. The Badgers never relinquished their lead, but their margin did get down to just four points.
Drake Allen of the Badgers scored on a fast break and was fouled, then converted on the three-point play to extend the lead back to seven late in the second half.
Hagen Wright led Snow College with 27 points, Chase Potter had 19 points and nine rebounds and Clayton Southwick ended with 16 points and six rebounds.
“We have to win at home during this stretch because we finish with six straight games on the road,” Nielson said. “We finish with three games in three nights, and that’s the same format as the tournament. It’ll be good for us to get that experience.”
On Saturday the Badgers hosted RSL Academy and led from start to finish with six players scoring in double figures. Wright and Wyatt Lowell each had 18 points; Rich Stucki came off the bench to score 14; Allen finished with 13 points; Derek Marlowe also came off the bench to add 12; and Southwick had 12. The bench scored 50 points in the win while shooting 66% from the field.
Snow College will be on the road on Thursday to face USU-Eastern, and on Saturday will host the College of Southern Idaho at 3 p.m. in the Horne Activity Center.