Jan 8, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Rustlers were 16 of 20 from the free-throw line to help seal the 3-point victory.
Central Wyoming College held off Western Wyoming Community College in the closing minutes for a 58-55 victory Saturday night at Rustler Gym in a Region IX men's basketball game.
The victory lifted the Rustlers to 12-3 on the season and 2-1 in the Region IX North division. The Western Wyoming Mustangs fell to 0-3 in conference.
CWC hadn't played in a game since a loss to Laramie County Community College on Dec. 11.
"We had been on a long break, and it really showed," CWC men's coach Shelby Lindley said. "Western Wyoming was rusty also. The games coming off of Christmas break are always interesting, to get the guys back into the swing of things."
In the conference game Saturday night, the Rustlers were 16 of 20 from the free-throw line to help seal the three-point win.
"I thought we executed well at times, and that's what got us the win. We made some big plays in the second half to put us over the top," Lindley said.
CWC's Davion Pearson took game-high honors with 14 points.
Austin Hudson and Roozario Wiggins had 10 points apiece for a balanced attack for CWC. Tanner Newbold delivered three 3-pointers for his nine points.
"All of our post players played well for us. All three of them gave us a lift at different points of the game," Lindley said. "Ryan Thomas and Austin played well in the first half. Roozario made some big plays for us down the stretch in the second half."
Western's Jonathon Mines scored 12 points and his teammate Mike Pelo had 11.
"Western is a very good shooting team. If you allow them to step into their shots they can make them. They are very well coached and play extremely hard," Lindley said.
The Rustlers play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against Sheridan College at Rustler Gym. The CWC women will start the doubleheader at 5:30 p.m.
"Sheridan is very talented. They are super athletic and really like to get out and run the floor," Lindley said. "The thing that makes them good is they got some hard working bigs and shooters around their athletes. It's going to be a tough Region IX game for both of us."
CWC 58, Western Wyoming 55
CWC 30 28 -- 58
WESTERN 30 25 -- 55
CWC -- Davion Pearson 2 (1) 6-6 14, Tanner Newbold (3) 0-0 8, Isaiah Tademy 1 1-2 3, Austin Hudson 5 0-0 10, Ryan Thomas 1 6-8 8, Ryan Nemelka 0 2-2 2, Jordan Phouthavong 1 0-0 2, Roozario Wiggins 3 (1) 1-2 10. Totals 12 (6) 16-20 58.
Western -- Daveon Gibson 1 (2) 0-0 8, Mike Pelo 3 (1) 2-2 11, Tim Carter 1 0-0 2, Lindsey Johnson 1 1-2 3, Eric Rippetoe 2 (1) 2-3 9, Jonathon Mines 4 4-4 12, Domonique Williams 3 1-2 7, Amal Wilson 1 1-1 3. Totals 16 (4) 11-13 55.
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