TORRINGTON – The Eastern Wyoming College men’s basketball team went 3-1 over a busy stretch last week.
The stretch began with the Lancers’ lone loss.
It came on Nov. 19 against the No. 23-ranked College of Southern Idaho Golden Eagles.
Trailing 41-38 at halftime, CSI outscored the Lancers 39-28 in the second half to pull away, handing EWC an 80-66 loss.
CSI jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but the Lancers tied the game up with a 3-pointer from sophomore Quincy Taylor and a jump shot by sophomore Nikolas Gustavson.
Those five points sparked 11-2 run, giving the visitors an 11-7 advantage with 14:37 left in the half.
It was a lead which the Lancers held until the Golden Eagles tied the game at 16 apiece midway through the half.
CSI took the lead on the ensuing possession and never trailed again for the remainer of the game.
Eastern Wyoming tied the game briefly at 34 courtesy of a triple from sophomore Nikola Ivkovic, but CSI answered with a 3-pointer of its own to quickly break the tie.
It took CSI less than six minutes into the second half to push its lead to 51-41, as the Golden Eagles pulled away for the 14-point point victory.
Freshman Matthew Veen led the Lancers with 13 points, while freshman Tom Mark added 12 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and had four shot blocks. Taylor had 11 points.
The next day, the Lancers returned to the win column with an 87-59 victory over Community Christian College at the Wright Physical Therapy Shootout.
Eastern Wyoming blistered the nets, shooting 55.4% (36-of-65) in the win. EWC held a 39-23 lead at halftime, adding 48 more points in the second half.
Mark led the Lancers with his second double-double of the weekend, scoring 21 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Sophomore Kayden Toldson added 17 points. All 12 Lancers who saw the floor, scored at least one point in the win.
On Tuesday, Nov. 23, the Lancers opened the home schedule with a 126-42 blowout of FE Warren Air Force.
Eastern Wyoming scored more than 60 points in each half, including 61 in the first half and 65 in the second in the dominating performance.
On the defensive side of the floor, EWC held FE Warren Air Force to 20 points in the first half and 22 in the second half.
The Lancers had seven players in double-figures, shooting 63% (51-for-81).
Toldson led the team with 18 points. Sophomore Herman Melashych had 17 points, while Ryan Swan added 16, coming off the bench for the Lancers. Mark had yet another double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Taylor added 10. Sophomore Jonathan Pieper and freshman Gad Tshishimbi Biseba added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Lancers also attended the Williston State Booster Club Invitational over the weekend.
On Friday, EWC defeated Williston State 79-72.
The Lancers overcame a 41-39 halftime deficit, outscoring the Tetons 40-31 over the final 20 minutes to escape with the seven-point victory.
Gustavson led the team with 23 points, while Toldson added 20 points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. Taylor tossed in 13 points.
On Saturday, the Lancers wrapped up play against Turtle Mountain Community College. No score was available at press time despite multiple attempts to reach the EWC.
The Lancers (6-4) return home to face McCook Community College at 7 p.m. Friday and North Platte Community College at 4 p.m. Saturday.