Cougar men fall to Casper 88-82
     2013-11-27      By The Gering Citizen   
Courtesy photo - WNCC's Derrick Bowers goes up for a one-handed lay-in during a game with Oglala Lakota College earlier this month. 
CASPER, Wyo. – The Western Nebraska Community College out-rebounded Casper College Tuesday night, but the Thunderbirds used a 9-0 first-half run to capture the 88-82 win over the Cougars Tuesday night.

WNCC recorded 40 rebounds, led by Brandon Morley’s 10 boards, to Casper College’s 38 boards. Morley recorded a double-double in the game, finishing with 17 points.

Joel Einfeldt had the hot hand for the Cougars, netting 20 points which included burying six 3-pointers. Einfeldt had four 3-pointers to open the contest to give WNCC a 12-7 lead.

WNCC couldn’t hold its quick lead as Casper tied the contest at 16-16 and then used an 8-0 lead to have a 29-25 lead balloon to 38-25. Casper led at halftime 48-36.

WNCC outscored Casper in the second half 46-40 and had the lead sliced to on bucket on a couple occasions. A big stretch for the Cougars came with under 10 minutes left in the contest. Casper led in the game. Casper led 74-60 only to watch the Cougars score the next nine points, which saw Austin Clark start things with a 3-poiner and then four points by Brandon Morley to cut the lad to 74-69.

The Cougars sliced the lead to four points at 85-81 on a Diante Mitchell bucket, but couldn’t get any closer.

Casper’s George Edwards led all scorers with 29 points. Turnovers played a key factor in the win as WNCC committed 14 turnovers to Casper’s seven.

Both teams shot rather equal. Casper shot 44.2 percent from the field and 40 percent from the 3-point arc (6-of-15. WNCC was 8-of 24 from the 3-pointer and were 44 percent from the Field.

WNCC (3-4) will next be in action Friday and Saturday. The Cougars will face the Sugar Valley Shooters at 7 p.m. while facing Gillette at 5 p.m.

WNCC (3-4) 36 46 – 82

Casper (5-1) 48 40 – 88

CASPER

Chase Riley 15, Jake Johnson 6, Jay Wright 16, Carlos Rankins 2, Daniel Edwards 29, Tanner Morgan 2, Garrett Swanson 10.

WNCC

Tyler Crosbie 16, Diante Mitchell 9, Joel Einfeldt 20, Brandon Morley 17, Austin Clark 8, Julio Guity 8.

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