ELLENSBURG, Wash. (Dec. 12) –
The Central Washington University men's basketball team (5-4) rolled to a 100-64 victory over Douglas College (4-2) in a non-conference contest.
Five Wildcats finished in double digit scoring. Jeryn Lucas
and Naim Ladd
led the Crimson and Black with 14 points each, while Gamaun Boykin
(12), Matt Poquette
(12), and Marcus Austin
(11) also eclipsed 10 points on the night.
Ladd finished 6-for-10 from the field, picked up two rebounds, and recorded one assist.
"My teammates found me," Ladd said afterward. "In shoot around tonight Coach Rinta said to be ready to go. I mentally prepared and was in rhythm. My teammates kept finding me and I kept shooting."
The opening six minutes of play were tightly contested with both the Wildcats and Royals jostling for momentum. A three from Courtney Anderson brought Douglas back within two, 15-13, before the Wildcats opened the flood gates.
A pair of buckets from Austin extended the Wildcats' lead to 19-13, before Tyler Asenoguan converted a layup for the Royals. Austin followed Asenoguan's bucket with a trey, putting CWU up seven.
The Wildcats hit their first 10-point lead with 9:19 remaining in the first half on a layup from Zellie Hudson
, 28-18. Naim Ladd
and Boykin added fast break layups on back-to-back possessions, extending the Crimson and Black's advantage to 32-18.
Central drove their lead to 20 with 3:24 to play in the opening stanza. A three from Ladd pushed the Wildcats' cushion to 46-26. After a quick layup from Douglas, a pair of free throws from Jackson Price
once again gave the Wildcats a 20-point lead. They went into the locker room for halftime leading 52-32.
It was more of the same in the second half. Central continued to push their lead upwards, reaching a 30-point differential with 12:24 to play on a jumper from Ladd, 76-45. A jumper from Andreas Brown
late in the second put triple digits on the board for the Wildcats as they held on for a 100-64 victory.
"I thought we had some pretty good moments defensively, to force that many turnovers," CWU Head Coach Brandon Rinta
said. "Our guys did a good job of being in the passing lanes, making them uncomfortable, and creating some extra possessions. Defensively, our energy was the difference tonight."
The Crimson and Black recorded eight blocks and 16 steals.
Brown came off the bench in the second half and scored eight points in eight minutes. He finished 3-for-3 from the field and 2-for-2 from beyond the arc.
Central finished the night with a shooting percentage of 58.1. They did not go to the charity stripe in the second half. The Crimson and Black scored 37 points off of turnovers, 58 points in the paint, and 16 fast break points. The reserves chipped in 55 percent of the Central's total points.
The Wildcats are back in action on Tuesday (Dec. 18) for a non-conference matchup against the University of Puget Sound. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.