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Rustlers split games at Western Wyoming Tournament
Rock Springs, WY (November 25-26) - The Central Wyoming College men’s basketball team split a pair of games at the Western Wyoming Tournament. On Friday night they lost to 14th ranked USU/College of Eastern Utah, 64-56. Saturday night's game against the Wyoming All-Stars, lead by 2010 Western Athletic Conference MVP and Utah State University All-American Jared Quayle, was a win for the Rustlers, 93-64.
On Friday, the Rustlers lost their first game of the season but continued good defensive play holding the Golden Eagles to their lowest scoring total of the year. Freshman and Las Vegas, NV native Davion Pearson led the Rustlers with 22 points.
Saturday night’s games against the Wyoming All-Stars saw the Rustlers with four student athletes in double figures, lead by freshman and Sheridan College transfer Malachi Roberts with 20 points. Springville, UT sophomore Preston Eaton had 16 points, going four for six from three point territory. Freshman Davion Pearson had 15 points with eight assists and went three for four from behind the three point arc. Freshman and Payson, UT native Braden Wright was the story of the first half for the Rustlers as all 13 of his points came in that half and he shot six/eight for the game.
“Friday night we did a very poor job of getting the ball inside," Coach Condie explained. "Saturday night we got the ball inside and did a great job of moving the ball. We defended well both games but we still have a lot to work on to become more consistent. I thought Dax Upton brought great energy off the bench both nights. We need to build on this and keep moving forward. We have a tough, long road trip ahead of us next weekend."
The Rustlers will take on the University of Great Falls and Montana Western University at the Miles City Community College Classic on December 2-3. They will look to use this last tournament to get ready for their conference opener December 7 against Northwest College.