Powell, Wyoming – A tight Region IX North contest fell to the visitors on Wednesday night as Laramie County Community College prevailed over the Northwest College Trappers men's basketball team, 70-68. The Golden Eagles are now 3-12 on the season and 1-0 in Region IX North action, while the Trappers fall to 8-9 and 0-1 versus league foes.
Freshman Erik Oliver (Cheyenne, Wyoming) led the Golden Eagles with 17 points, while pulling down five boards. Sophomores Mateo Zovko (Mostar, Bosnia) and Cortney Dean (Denver, Colorado) also scored in double figures as Zovko tallied 16 points and Dean added 11.
Both teams posted a run in the opening 20 minutes of action, setting up a tight second half throughout. Laramie County raced out to the early advantage in the contest, 15-8 midway through the period. Oliver led LCCC during the early surge.
Northwest College, however, fought back and used a run of their own to gain its first lead of the game 21-19. The Golden Eagles would bounce back head into the locker room with a one-point edge, 29-28, thanks to a late free in the period.
The second half was close throughout as neither team gained more than a three-possession lead. The Golden Eagles kept the advantage and were able to hold on late to secure the road win.
Laramie County shot 48.2 percent in the contest, while the Trappers shot 47.3 percent. Jerome Mabry had a strong contest for Northwest with 16 points and six rebounds.
The Golden Eagles look to build of the win with another Region IX North match. LCCC host #19 Casper College with a 4 p.m. tipoff.