Golden Eagles encounter shooting slump against Mustangs

Golden Eagles battle Mustangs
Laramie County Community College's Jerry Luckett takes a shot as Western Wyoming Community College defenders converge during first half action at the gymnasium on Campus Monday night. Michael Smith/LCCC 

The Laramie County Community College men’s basketball team struggled shooting the basketball on Monday evening at home in a non-conference matchup. The Golden Eagles only shot 35.5 percent from field in a 71-64 loss to Western Wyoming Community College.

Freshman Gavin Peppers (Brookeville, Maryland) led the Golden Eagles with 15 points and five steals in the game.

The woes began early for the Golden Eagles as they started the game 1-8 from the field. In the first half, the Golden Eagles were 8-29 from the field for 27.6 percent; 1-9 from the three-point line; and 5-11 from the foul line.

The Mustangs never trailed in the game and pushed the lead in the first half to as many as eight, but a dunk by LCCC’s Josh McNair (Denver, Colorado) narrowed the gap. Western Wyoming took a 28-22 lead into the break.

Western Wyoming went on a 9-0 run at the 15:14 mark in the second half to take an 11-point lead. Despite picking up three fouls, freshman Alfonzo Anderson (Newark, New Jersey) came back in and gave the Golden Eagles a spark by knocking down a three-pointer and causing a turnover. LCCC cut the gap to five points with 4:29 remaining on a drive to the basket by Peppers. With just under minute remaining, LCCC had a chance to tie it up, but the lay-in by Peppers fell short.

The Golden Eagles, who came into the game averaging 79.4 points per game, were held to 64 points. On the night, the Golden Eagles shot 35.5 percent from the field, 15.8 percent from the three-point line and 63 percent from the foul line.

The loss drops LCCC to 10-6 on the year. They will be back in action at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8 in the LCCC Gymnasium.