TORRINGTON – For the first time since Feb. 21, 2013, the Eastern Wyoming College men’s basketball team defeated the Western Nebraska Community College Cougars on Monday evening. On that night, the Lancers picked up a 75-52 win.
Since then, the Cougars rattled off 13 straight victories over the Lancers, but the streak came to an end Monday when Eastern Wyoming knocked off Western Nebraska, 85-74.
“Our kids are getting better and better,” EWC coach Tim Moser said. “It’s a big win for the program to beat a team like that. They’ve got some really good players.”
The Lancers trailed for one possession the entire game.
Sophomore Jonatan Arvidsson gave EWC an early 2-0 lead in the opening seconds of the ballgame.
Western Nebraska answered with a 3-pointer on the other end, but sophomore Earl Baker Jr., connected on the first of his four triples for the game, putting EWC back on top 5-3.
The Lancers never trailed for the remainder of the game.
Eastern Wyoming shot 53.3 percent (32-of-60) from the floor, including 41.9 percent (13-of-31) from 3-point range.
“You wonder if you want to just let these guys shoot 3s,” Moser said. “We have Jordan (Potts), (Alexander) Karras, Carter (Berish). We have three or four shooters that are as good as anyone in the region. I told them, this time a year, just let it go.”
Meanwhile, on the defensive side of the floor, EWC limited the Cougars to 41.9 shooting, including only 21.4 percent from the 3-point range.
Kalen Williams and Teddy Allen did most of the damage for the Cougars, combining for 48 points, but those points didn’t come easy for Allen, who has signed to play basketball next season at the University of Nebraska.
“Dave Hook is a matchup problem,” Moser said. “Teddy can score, but Dave’s body, he has the athleticism and length to match up him one-on-one. I was really impressed with how Dave did it, and the other kids helping out.”
The Lancers had five players in double-figures, led by Arvidsson and sophomore Sam Tiley with 19 points each, while Baker added 15. Freshman Alexander Karras tossed in 14 coming off the bench for the Lancers.
EWC will wrap up the final home game of the season Saturday against the No. 11-ranked Western Wyoming Community College Mustangs. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.