The Rustler men’s basketball team upset the number four ranked defending national champion, Salt Lake Community College Bruins, 86-69 on Tuesday in a contest in which they never trailed from the opening possession. The victory marks four straight wins for the team heading into their Christmas break.
The Rustlers were led by duo Irshaad Hunte and Nick Brannon. Despite battling foul trouble, Hunte scored 28 points shooting 11 of 16, while also snatching seven rebounds and blocking three shots. Brannon scored 23 points shooting eight of 12, picking up eight rebounds, two steals and an assist. To go along with a tremendous defensive performance, Chris Quayle chipped in 10 points shooting four of eight to go along with five rebounds, four steals and two assists. Colter Galante and Devon Colley also chipped in eight points each. Colley had six assists while Galante had three.
Despite a great shooting night, the Rustlers leaned on their defense to control the pace against a talented Bruins team that was previously undefeated on the season. As a team, they shot an impressive 56 percent from the floor, compared to the Bruins’ 39 percent. The win snapped the Bruins’ 19-game winning streak dating back to last season’s national championship run.
The Rustlers are now 7-5 for the season and will return to action after Christmas break for a home game against Eastern Wyoming College on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Tip-off is set for 5:30pm.