TORRINGTON – The Eastern Wyoming College men’s basketball team split a pair of weekend contests with North Platte Community College and McCook Community College.
On Friday, the Lancers defeated North Platte, 71-62. The next day, the Lancers fell 76-73 in overtime at the buzzer to the McCook Indians.
EWC outshot (48-44 percent), outrebounded (31-22) and committed fewer turnovers (20-13) en route to the Lancers’ eighth win of the season.
Eastern Wyoming had four players in double-figures, led by sophomore Jordan Potts with 17 points. Sophomore David Hook added 16. Sophomores Jonatan Arvidsson and Earl Baker had 13 and 11, respectively.
Against McCook, EWC used an early 8-1 run to take a 12-6 advantage behind seven early points from sophomore forward Karl Drammeh.
The Lancers backed up the early run with a second 10-2 spurt, pushing the lead to 29-17.
Eastern Wyoming’s lead reach as many as 14 at 41-27 at the half, but it didn’t take long for the momentum to swing in the visitor’s favor coming out of the locker room.
McCook opened the half with an 11-0 run before Hook got the Lancers on the scoreboard nearly three minutes into the second half.
EWC kept the Indians at bay for the next 10 minutes before McCook took a 53-51 lead, its first since the opening minute of the game.
Over the remainder of regulation, the teams traded the lead seven times.
Down 63-62 with 19 seconds left, Arvidsson connected on the first free-throw attempt, but missed the second.
Both teams missed last second shots, forcing overtime.
In the extra period, McCook scored first on their opening possession, and the Indians never trailed again.
With 21 seconds left, the visitors pushed their lead to 73-70, but sophomore guard Sam Tiley tied the game with a 3-pointer.
In the final second of the game, McCook’s Raheim Sullivan drained his only 3-pointer of the game, to lift his team to the road win.
Arvidsson led the team with 18, while Tiley added 15. Potts tossed in 11.
The Lancers (8-4) resume their season at noon against Northwest Kansas Tech on Saturday, Jan. 4 in Goodland, Kan.