After a hard loss to Casper College, 69-44 this past weekend, the Rustlers fought back on Wednesday night defeating Sheridan College, 81-72.
It was a close game throughout the contest with Sheridan in the lead by the end of the first half, 43-41. The second half proved to benefit the Rustlers as they rallied past Sheridan, 29-40.
“It was a good team win, everyone contributed in various ways to earn the win,” said Pat Rafferty, head coach. “It was another example of what this team is capable of when all of them buy into playing as a team and playing with a sense of urgency.”
Freshman Marcus Nolan led the team in double digits with 21 and making seven of eight free throws. Dominic Jackson, freshman, followed with 15 points and Nicholas Anderson, freshman, contributed 12 and had six assists.
Between the two teams their shooting percentage was close but Sheridan kept a slightly higher percentage in both field goals and free throws. The Rustlers shot 66.7 percent in free throws and Sheridan shot 68.4 percent.
The men had 12 assists during the contest and only 11 turnovers to Sheridan’s 23. The Rustlers lacked on the boards, bringing down only 33 rebounds to Sheridan’s 40, with Dennis Golovko bringing down the most for the Rustlers with six.
“I have to admit it’s been hard to get this team to buy in on a consistent basis; our record indicates that, but we are capable,” Rafferty said. “We’ve shown that. Now it’s just a matter of how hungry this team is and how important winning is.”
The Rustlers return to their home court Thursday Jan. 28 at 7:30 pm to take on Little Big Horn College.