Dec 6, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCentral Wyoming College overcame a 15-point halftime deficit to claim a 61-59 Region IX men's basketball victory Wednesday at Northwest College in Powell.
Tanner Newbold hit a late free throw in the final seconds to put the Rustlers up three points as Northwest missed a 3-pointer at the end of regulation.
The win moved the Rustlers to 11-1 on the season and 1-0 in conference play.
In the new junior college top-25 basketball poll released this week, the Rustlers are ranked just outside the official poll, listed as the equivalent of No. 26 in the nation. CWC received 31 points in the poll.
Midland College is ranked No. 25 with a 6-2 record on 42 points. Snow College sits in the No. 24 position at 9-1. Snow College has 44 points. South Plains College is No. 1 in the nation at 10-0. Northwest Florida State College is second (9-0). The Rustlers are the only team in Region IX getting votes for the top 25.
"I think that it's an amazing team accomplishment," CWC coach Shelby Lindley said. "When we started, we talked about how we wanted our season to be all about the team. We didn't want it to be about one individual. This is a team accomplishment for us."
Northwest College dropped to 9-4 on the season.
"To start of conference 1-0 on the road was huge for us," Lindley said. "Northwest is very good at home this year. That was their first loss of the season at home. They have a good crowd that gets into it."
CWC plays at 5 p.m. Saturday at Casper College in a showdown in Region IX. The Thunderbirds are 10-3 on the season.
CWC 61, Northwest College 59
The Rustlers fell behind 37-22 after the first 20 minutes of play.
"We played a bad first half," Lindley said. "We allowed them to kill us in the post."
Northwest College center Jefferey Solarin scored 20 points in the first half.
"Solarin, their undersized big kid, was very good for them in the first half," Lindley said.
Solarin managed two points in the second half for a total of 22 points.
"We went to a zone in the second half and that's what got us back into the basketball game," Lindley said. "We didn't turn the ball over in the second half nearly as much and we shot good shots."
CWC point guard Davion Pearson had game-high efforts at 22 points.
"Davion scored a lot of his points at the rim," Lindley said. "He was very aggressive in attacking the basket."
Armani Flannigan and Paris Burns scored 11 points apiece.
"Davion and Paris got us going in the second half in transition," Lindley said. "Armani was very good once again."
CWC men 61, Northwest College 59
CWC 22 39 -- 61
NORTHWEST 37 22 -- 59
CWC -- Paris Burns 1 (2) 3-6 11, Armani Flannigan 4 3-4 11, Austin Hudson 3 0-0 6, Tanner Newbold 1 (1) 1-2 8. Davion Pearson 5 (3) 4-8 23, Ryan Thomas 1 2-2 4. Totals 15 (6) 13-22 61,
Northwest -- Jeremy Beehler (1) 0-0 3, Guiherme Carabagiale 4 3-5 11, Junior Coleman 2 3-5 7, Pietro De Andrade 1 0-0 2, Gary Gordon 1 0-0 2, Jonothan Newsom 0 1-2 1, Gabe Solarin 0 (2) 2-3 8, Jeffrey Solarin 11 0-1 22, Franklin Uzonwanne 1 1-2 3. Totals 20 (3) 10-18 59.
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