Golden Eagles close out 2015 with comeback victory

The Laramie County Community College men’s basketball team fought back from a 19-point deficit and beat Trinidad State Junior College 73-70 in overtime on the road Saturday afternoon.

LCCC opened the game on a 13-5 run to start the game, but the Trojans responded quickly and took a 42-23 lead into the half. The Golden Eagles struggled from the field in the first half, shooting 32.3 percent on 10-31 shooting. LCCC went 2-13 from the three-point line for 15.4 percent and 1-7 from the foul line for 14.3 percent. Trinidad State shot well in the first half, going 16-30 from the field for 53.3 percent, 6-9 from the three-point line for 66.7 percent and 4-8 from the foul line for 50 percent.

Trailing by 19 at the half, the Golden Eagles came out motivated in the second half and clamped down on the Trojans. Unlike they did in the first half, the Golden Eagles shot extremely well, going 20-44 for 45.5 percent in the second half and overtime. They also hit six three-pointers in the second half and overtime and shot 80 percent from the foul line in the second half and overtime. They held the Trojans to 10-29 in the second half and forced them into 19 turnovers in the game.

A major spark to the comeback was the presence of freshman Alfonzo Anderson (Newark, New Jersey), who came off the bench and dropped 15 points, going 6-18 from the field and 3-11 from the three-point line. It wasn’t just his scoring that made an impact – he also had six rebounds, two steals and two assists. Sophomore Gavin Peppers (Brookeville, Maryland) led the Golden Eagles in scoring with 18 points. Sophomore Iziah Sherman-Newsome (Anchorage, Alaska) was just shy of a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds. Chris Williams led all scorers with 29 for the Trojans. LCCC also controlled the paint by outrebounding the Trojans 47-38 in the game.

LCCC moves to 9-5 on the year and 2-2 in the South Sub Region. The Golden Eagles are off till January 2, when they will host Northwest Kansas Technical College JV at 3 p.m.