TORRINGTON – The Eastern Wyoming College Lancers were outscored in the first half of their two weekend games, while outscoring their opponents in the second half of each contest, but it wasn’t enough to make up the difference.
Trinidad State 88, EWC 76
The Lancers came out of the gates a bit slow Friday against Trinidad State Junior College, creeping up on a double-digit deficit with 10 minutes to go in the first half. By intermission, EWC was down 53-40. The Lancers slowed the Trojan offense in the second half, limiting Trinidad State to 35 points. While limiting the opponents’ offense, EWC’s offense put up 36 points, but it was not enough to pull off a rally.
Coming off the bench, Brandon Meadows was the top scorer for EWC, pouring in 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor and 7-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line. On top of his 23 points, Meadows turned in nine rebounds, including four on the offensive end of the floor.
Walker Korell led the starters in scoring by pouring in 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc. He rounded out his stat line with six boards and an assist. Jonathan Morrobel was the final Lancer in double-figures, chipping in 11 points, six boards and a block.
Daniel Wright contributed nine points, including all five of his free throws that he attempted, and three rebounds. Finishing up the starters, Alek Cosic added five points, five boards, an assist and two blocks, while Trey Schroefel contributed four points, three rebounds and team-highs in assists, with four, and steals, with four.
Off the bench, Rhythm Ajanku kicked in five points, a rebound and two assists, while Jordan Mirich and Ty Larson combined for four points, three boards, an assist and a steal.
Trinidad State shot 49 percent from the field and 41 percent from behind the arc, while EWC was limited to 43 percent from the field and 27 percent from deep. The Lancers outrebounded the Trojans 42-37, but committed 15 turnovers to Trinidad State’s eight.
LCCC 89, EWC 79
Similar to Friday’s game, the Lancers came out putting up only 31 points in the first 20 minutes of action, compared to the Golden Eagles’ 44. The Lancers went into halftime down 13 points (44-31) for the second time in as many games. The EWC offense really got kick started in the second half, with the Lancers accounting for 48 points in the second, while limiting LCCC to 45. The three-point difference in the second half was not enough to make up for the 13-point difference from the first.
Morrobel topped the scoring list for the Lancers with 21 points, with nine of his points coming from behind the arc. He also tied for the team-lead with seven rebounds, which he paired with an assist.
Meadows again came off the bench and added a scoring threat by pouring in 19 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor and 6-of-8 shooting from the charity stripe. Meadows completed his night with seven rebounds and a steal.
Cosic added 15 points for EWC along with seven boards, two assists and two steals. Korell wrapped up the double-digit scorers, accounting for 11 points, with six coming from behind the arc, six rebounds and two steals. Fellow starters Schroefel and Wright combined for two points, three boards, five assists and two steals. Schroefel paced EWC with four assists.
Ajanku and Larson again came off the bench, combining for 11 points, five boards, four assists and two steals.
The two weekend losses put EWC at 1-14 on the year and the losers of 11-straight. The Lancers will be looking to snag a couple wins this weekend on the road, playing Lamar Community College on Friday at 7 p.m. and Otero Junior College on Saturday at 4 p.m.