Casper depth too much for T-Birds
CASPER, Wyo. — Putting its depth on display, Casper College defeated Cloud County 87-60 in the second round of the T-Bird Thanksgiving Classic on Friday.
Casper had 13 different players score in the game, four in double figures.
Seven Casper players who did not score in the first half put up points in the second half.
Richard Smith led the scoring barrage by Casper with 12 points.
Remi Dibbo and Ryan Madsen finished with 11 points each and Juwan Starks added 10 points.
Madsen knocked down a pair of three-point shots as Casper jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the game.
Cloud County went 5:01 without a field goal before James Williams buried a three.
Rodrick Robinson made two free throws, and Cloud County trailed just 10-8 with 14:00 remaining in the first half.
Casper hit three threes during a 17-2 run over the next 4:08 to open up a 27-10 advantage.
“Credit them, they shot the ball exceptionally well early on. We were never able to dig ourselves back into the game,” Cloud County coach Chad Eshbaugh said.
Casper would push the lead to 20 points, 36-16.
Ed Dyson made two free throws and Isaiah Anaekwe scored on a follow to get Cloud County within 14 points, 36-22.
Cloud County got as close as 13 points, the final time coming 43-30 on a basket by Gerrae Williams with 3:16 left in the first half.
Nate McGinley knocked down a three to put Casper up 46-30 with 2:26 on the clock.
Neither team would score the rest of the way in the first half.
“Offensively, we were unable to get a rhythm. If you are not scoring the ball it is going to be difficult to get back into the game,” Eshbaugh said.
The two teams traded baskets to start the second half.
Casper then put together a 10-1 spurt, and led 58-33.
Cloud County got no closer than 21 points over the final 15:22.
Casper led by as many as 31 points, 84-53, and went on to win by 27.
“At the end of the day, Casper played very, very well,” Eshbaugh said.
Robinson connected on four of five field goal attempts and 7 of 10 free throws in scoring 15 points for Cloud County.
Dyson, who hit 9 of 10 free throws, chipped in 13 points for the T-Birds.
Marcus Fillyaw finished with 10 points.
Cloud County was just 16 of 55 from the field for 29 percent and made 26 of 39 free throws for 67 percent.
“They had a lot to do with that. They bothered everything we did get at the rim,” Eshbaugh said.
Casper was 31 of 69 from the floor for 45 percent, and made 10 of 27 threes, and 15 of 22 free throws for 68 percent.
In the other game played in the tournament, hosted by Casper, on Friday Lamar (Colo.) College downed Raleigh’s Finest Sports Academy, 85-69.
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