Mustangs Win Third Straight
The Western Wyoming Men’s Basketball squad inked its third straight Saturday as they defeated Bismarck State on Saturday, 80-59.
After dropping the first two games of the season to Eastern Arizona and Snow College at the Las Vegas Tip Off Invitational, Western has been on a roll. On Saturday, their strong play continued.
Behind 14 points by both David Thornton and Callum Lawson, the Mustangs took down Bismarck State Saturday to conclude the First Bank of Wyoming Classic. Kur Kuath added 13 points and eight boards in the win while Tyrell Isaacs finished with 11 points, four boards and two steals.
The Mustangs opened the Classic with their second win against Rexburg United, 88-63. Rexburg Untied is an affiliate team of BYU-Idaho.
Four Mustangs finished in double figures led by Jalen Krening who went 7-of-11 for 21 points. Tyrell Isaacs finished with 16 points, three assists, three steals and four rebounds while Thornton finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. Callum Lawson finished with his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Mustangs will have their home opener this Tuesday, November 15th when they host Colorado Northwestern at 5:30 p.m. Western is 3-2 on the season.
Ladies Conclude Busy Week
The ladies of Western moved to 5-2 on Sunday with a win over McCook 82-67 to wrap up the McCook Community College Tournament.
After falling to Northwest Kansas Tech 81-69, the Mustangs returned to the court on Sunday against the host team. Western struggled shooting the first two games of the tournament but Sunday was a different story. Five ladies scored in double figures in the win.
Dora Goles finished with a team-high 19 points while Julia Hanni tossed in 16. Lexi Smith finished with 15 points while Shayla Simpson finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Olivia James rounded out the top scorers with 10.
The Mustangs opened the tournament with a 57-49 win over Miles City. Savannah Hunter finished with 14 points to lead the way. Lexi Smith finished with 12 while Goles had an all-around solid game with nine points and seven assists.
Western started the week battling the No. 8 team in the nation, the College of Souther Idaho. The teams battled into overtime but the Mustangs fell just short of the big upset, 67-64. Turnovers killed the ladies as they committed 28 on the night.
The ladies travel to Sheridan for the Sheridan College Tournament on Friday. They are scheduled to face Fort Carson and Little Big Horn College.
Tough Weekend for Mustangs
The Mustangs had a tough weekend starting with a home loss to rival Northwest, 26-17. The lighter weights were strong against the Trappers.
After falling down early, Cole Verner got the Mustangs on the board with a 19-1 win. Western’s Tanner Cox won by forfeit adding six more points. Sam Freeman and Ryan Winger both overcame early deficits to take decision wins. At 165, Marco Frias almost made it three, coming up one point short in his match.
Western pulled within five heading into the final match after the strong performance by the lighter classes but fell in the final battle of the night.
The next night, the Mustangs headed to Colorado for a dual against the Colorado School of Mines. The Mustangs had chances to come away with wins in every match but dropped several close contests. Aspen Naylor and Cole Verner took wins in the dual for the Mustangs.
Northwest 26, Western 17
125 – Cole Verner TF win 19-1
133 – Tanner Cox forfeit win
141 – Lane Hunt loss (Fall 2:35)
149 – Samuel Freeman Dec. win 10-5
157 – Ryan Winger Dec win 6-5
165 – Marco Frias Dec. loss 4-3
174 – Matt Hebel MD loss 12-0
184 – Jared Sargent MD loss 12-4
197 – Aspen Naylor MD loss 18-4
285 – Wade French TF loss 19-2
Colo. Mines 24, WWCC 7
125 – Cole Verner MD win 13-1
133 – Tanner Cox Dec. loss 4-0
141 – Andrew Astle Dec. loss 5-4
149 – Samuel Freeman Dec. loss 10-3
157 – Ryan Winger Dec. loss 10-5
165 – Marco Frias Dec. loss 8-6
174 – Matt Hebel Dec. loss 9-3
184 – Jared Sargent Dec. loss, 12-5
197 – Aspen Naylor Dec. Win 14-8
285 – Wade French Dec. loss 12-10