TORRINGTON – The Eastern Wyoming College men’s basketball team finished the home portion of the 2021-22 schedule with mixed results.
The Lancers fended off Northwest College 94-90 on Wednesday but gave up 106 points in a 106-97 loss to Central Wyoming College.
It was nearly two minutes into the game when freshman Matthew Veen scored the first point of the game from the free-throw line.
It proved to be the only lead of the first half for EWC. It wasn’t until five minutes into the game when the Lancers scored their first field goal of the game.
Northwest kept Eastern Wyoming at arm’s length throughout the first half, leading 39-33 at the break.
Sophomore Kaden Toldson tied the game at 43 apiece with 17:44 left in the game, and on the next possession, freshman Tom Mark put the Lancers in front with an old-fashioned 3-point play.
The EWC lead reached nine with 14 minutes left in the game, but Northwest tied the game at 66 only three minutes later. With 10:42 left, Quincy Taylor put the Lancers back in front.
Eastern Wyoming was able to push the lead to as many as seven in the final minute before Northwest got as close as two with under 10 seconds left in the game.
The Trappers inbound attempt in the final seconds was intercepted, securing the victory for the Lancers.
Taylor, Toldson and sophomore Nikolas Gustavson led the team with 16 points each. Mark had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
On Saturday, the Lancers allowed Central Wyoming to shoot 56.3% in the 106-97 loss.
The Rustlers dropped 61 points in the second half while shooting 56.3% (36-of-64), while EWC shot 47.3% (35-of-74).
Toldson led the Lancers with 30 points, while Taylor had a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Mark had 28 points.
The Lancers are now 14-13 and will wrap up the regular season on the road Wednesday at Casper College at 7:30 p.m. and at Laramie County Community College at 4 p.m. Saturday.