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Winning streak grows for men's basketball team

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Victories over Central and Western Wyoming add up to five straight for LCCC.

The Laramie County Community College men’s basketball team is rolling as it adds two more wins to its record over the weekend and takes its streak to five in a row.

LCCC comes back to beat Central Wyoming

LCCC’s Bryse Velasquez scored a career high 44 points as the Golden Eagles captured their fifth consecutive victory by downing Central Wyoming College 96-92 on Saturday in Riverton.

The first 10 minutes of the game gave little indication of the offensive explosion that was about to come. LCCC trailed 20-6 with 9:32 to play in the first half. From there, Velazquez and Travis Shepherd exploded for a combined 34 points to lead the Eagles back to a 40-40 tie at intermission. Shepherd finished the half with 20 points, while Velasquez added 18.

The offensive explosion continued in the second half for both teams. After being held scoreless in the first half, LCCC's Terrance Dent poured in 18 second-half points. Meanwhile, Velasquez maintained his scoring ways by adding 26 second-half points. Despite shooting 60 percent from the field in the second half, LCCC still found itself trailing in the last minute of play. However, Dent connected on a 3-point basket to tie the game at 92 with 24.1 seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession, LCCC's Dominique Lawrence forced a CWC turnover with 2.9 seconds to go. The Golden Eagles called timeout to set up a potential game-winning play, but during the timeout, the Central Wyoming bench was called for two technical fouls. Velasquez calmly drained all four free throw attempts to seal the victory.

LCCC (7-5) 96
CWC 92

Every second counts in the Golden Eagles' victory over Western Wyoming

With 0.2 seconds to play, LCCC’s Rodrigo Silva hit a lay-in to lift the Golden Eagles to an 81-80 victory over Western Wyoming Community College on Friday in Rock Springs.

LCCC took the early lead in the contest as it connected on four straight three point baskets in its first four possessions. The Eagles led 12-2 less than two minutes into the game. However, Western Wyoming battled back to take a 38-37 lead at halftime.

The Eagles came out strong in the second half and quickly regained the lead, but could not pull away. The Eagles led 74-71 with 2:29 to play, and then Western mounted a charge and led 80-76 with less than 30 seconds to play. LCCC's Travis Shepherd was fouled after scoring a lay-in with 8.3 seconds to play and hit the free throw to cut the lead to one. LCCC quickly fouled and sent the Mustangs to the free throw line for a one-and-one with 7.7 seconds to play. WWCC missed the front end, and Golden Eagles’ Velasques drove the length of the floor and found Silva under the basket for the game-winner.

LCCC (6-5) 81
WWCC (7-3) 80

The Golden Eagles (7-5) will have a small holiday break, but they will be back in action to take on Gillette College at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 at LCCC. All Golden Eagle athletic home events are free.