Lancers fight back, drop road game

EWC sophomore Sam Tiley.
EWC sophomore Sam Tiley.

The Eastern Wyoming College men's basketball team climbed out of an early hole only to be edged out in the final minute by Central Wyoming.

The Lancers lost 76-70 at Central Wyoming Saturday afternoon after putting themselves in a position to win the game in crunch time. 

Sophomore Jonatan Arvidsson tied the game at 70-70 with 1:12 to play with a scoop layup down the right side of the lane. Central scored on its next possession following a timeout and the Lancers were unable to answer despite some second-chance opportunities at their basket.

Eastern's 68-67 lead with 2:39 to play seemed unlikely when they were down 33-16 with seven minutes left in the first half. But the Lancers never relented and a 17-0 run tied the game at 33-33. 

Sophomore Alexander Karras started the run with a corner 3-pointer off the feed from a driving Earl Baker Jr. Karras hit another three, this time from the other corner, and later drew a charge that led to two free throws by sophomore David Höök. Hook also completed a successful and-one opportunity earlier. Arvidsson contributed a driving layup and capped off the run with two free throws. 

Seven of the Lancers' 17 consecutive points came at the free throw line.  

The Lancers were down 40-36 at halftime but found themselves again trailing by double digits early in the second half. A 9-2 by the Rustlers put EWC down 49-38, but once again EWC found it within them to battle back.

A Karl Drammeh free throw with 8:22 to play tied the game at 56-56, and the Lancers never again trailed by more than two possessions. 

Sophomore Sam Tiley hit two free throws with 3:46 to play to give the Lancers' their first lead of the night and spark a string of lead changes on three of the next four possessions. 

Stats will be made available as soon as possible. 

The Lancers host Western Nebraska at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, a game that was originally scheduled for November 26 but was postponed due to weather.