Jan 24, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRoozario Wiggins exploded for 25 points as Central Wyoming College took a 79-67 Region IX men's basketball win Tuesday at Miles Community College in Miles City, Mont.
Wiggins recorded 10 fields goals in 32 minutes of work. He made five free throws to provide the spark CWC's Rustlers needed in the road win.
"Roozario was great for us," CWC men's coach Shelby Lindley said. "He has a high motor. He plays hard all the time. He rebounded and scored the ball really well. They had a tough time guarding him."
Point guard Davion Pearson played the entire 40 minutes. He scored 17 points and dished out nine assists.
"Davion was solid for us the whole night," Lindley said. "He did a good job of distributing the basketball."
The Rustlers were down 13 points at the break. Tanner Newbold lifted CWC to the comeback victory in the second half.
Newbold finished with a game-high 18 points.
"Tanner was great in the second half," Lindley said. "A lot of his points came in the second half."
CWC dominated Miles 45-28 rebounding the basketball. Ryan Thomas and Wiggins had 10 rebounds apiece.
"We got into a little bit of foul trouble in the first half," Lindley said. "We had to play some guys out of position. Offensively, we didn't have a good flow going. In the second half, we came out a lot better. Defensively, we were a lot better."
The win raised CWC' s league mark to 6-1. The Rustlers are 3-1 on the road.
CWC players Armani Flannigan, Isaiah Tademy, Austin Hudson and Jordan Phouthavong were suspended for the Miles game for violating team rules.
Sheridan College is first in the conference standings at 7-1. Casper College has a 6-2 mark. CWC beat Sheridan College at home.
"It's exciting, but then you have to take a look back and see that we have eight games left to play," Lindley said.
CWC starts a three-game home stand at 7:30 p.m. Saturday vs. Little Big Horn at Rustler Gym.
The Rustlers play Northwest on Wednesday. CWC faces Casper College at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.
"It's a very critical stretch of the season for us," Lindley said. "This is a big little home stand for us. We can't overlook Little Big Horn."
CWC 79, Miles Community College 67
CWC -- Davion Pearson 3 (1) 8-13 17, Tanner Newbold 1 (3) 7-10 18, Ryan Nemelka (1) 0-0 3, Roozario Wiggins 10 5-8 25, Ryan Thomas 4 1-2 9, Paris Burns 3 0-0 6, David Baety 0 1-2 1. Totals 21 (5) 22-35 79.
Miles -- Aleksander Ivkovic 2 (1) 4-6 11, Jonathan Dogbo 5 (1) 2-5 15, Kenny Carter 1 2-2 4, Louis Faust 1 1-1 3, Tiron Brown 3 1-1 7, Conner Smyle (1) 0-0 3, Demetra Wilkins 3 (1) 2-3 11, LaSalle Massey 5 3-4 13. Totals 20 (4) 15-22 67.
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