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Strong second half pushes Rustler men past Colorado Northwestern
Central Wyoming College freshman Paris Burns moved against the defense put on by Impact Academy last week at Rustler Gym. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Strong second half pushes Rustler men past Colorado Northwestern

Nov 7, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Central Wyoming College pulled away from Colorado Northwestern late in the second half on Monday night to win a 62-54 men's basketball decision at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

The victory moved CWC to 2-0 on the season.

CWC men's coach Shelby Lindley said the crowd was very supportive of the Rustlers for the men's and women's doubleheader. CWC has 10 Utah players on its roster. The game was on a neutral court but counted as a home game for the Rustlers.

"We missed a lot of shots that we had from five feet or 10 feet," Lindley said. "We didn't shoot it well in the first half from the 3-point line."

Colorado Northwestern mostly played zone defense in the 40-minute game.

"They kept going zone on us and did a little one-two-two trap," Lindley said. "Everybody is trying to slow us down right now. They are trying to run a lot of zone so that we can't get out and run."

Lindley said the Rustlers have been changing a lot of things on the offensive side of the game in the last few weeks.

"We are going through an adjustment period," Lindley said. "I told the kids after the game that it's my fault that we are bad right now on offense, because we are changing stuff up. It will take us a good two weeks to get us going offensively."

CWC 62, Colorado Northwestern 54

CWC's Armani Flannigan was the offensive star in the first half as he put down 14 points. Colorado Northwestern was up 28-27 at the break.

"Armani kept us in the game in the first half," Lindley said.

The Rustlers didn't hit any 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes.

"That is shocking with the team that we have," Lindley said.

CWC separated from Colorado Northwestern late in the second half.

"It was just back and forth the last couple of minutes," Lindley said. "They hit a desperation 3-pointer at the end to make it an eight-point game."

Flannigan finished with a game-high 16 points. Paris Burns added 12 points. Ryan Thomas scored 11 points. Tanner Newbold put in seven.

Austin Hudson contributed with five points after missing the season opener with an injury.

After coming off the bench in the first half, Burns started in the second half.

"Paris did some good things for us," Lindley said.

Weekend schedule

The Rustlers host a pair of games Friday and Saturday during the CWC Classic at Rustler Gym.

The first game is at 7:30 p.m. Friday vs. the Lamar University junior varsity team.

"It will be good for us to work on some things offensively and defensively," Lindley said.

CWC plays at 4 p.m. Saturday against Air Force Prep.

"Air Force Prep gave Sheridan a good game," Lindley said. "They only got beat by two or three points at Sheridan. They should be a pretty decent team."

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