Golden Eagles go 1-2 on opening weekend

The Golden Eagles men’s basketball team started the 2017 season with three games at home, finishing the Tip-Off Classic with a record of 1-2.

The men’s team tipped off the season with a 78-75 loss Nov. 2 against Northwest College.

Sophomore guard Elijah Oliver led the Golden Eagles with 26 points. LCCC point guard Zaire Mateen added  18 points and four assists, while sophomore guard Landon Taliaferro scored 15 points.

The Golden Eagles bounced back on Nov. 3 with a 88-78 victory over Northern Colorado P2P Elite.

Oliver, Taliaferro and Mateen all scored in double figures, with Oliver leading the team with 32 points. Oliver went 5-5 from behind the arc and 5-5 from the free throw line, while shooting 55 percent from the floor.

Mateen scored 45 points in the final game of  the weekend, with the Golden Eagles falling to Sheridan College 99-96.

Sophomore forward Kyle Wright led the team with six rebounds, while Oliver scored 23 points and Taliaferro finished with 10 points in the losing effort. Channel Banks finished the game with 44 points for Sheridan College.

The LCCC Golden Eagles will be on the road against Casper College on Nov. 7, before taking on Central Wyoming College on Friday Nov. 10, and Western Wyoming Community College on Saturday Nov. 11 in Riverton, Wyoming.

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