Casper, Wyo.--Gillette College's (10-8, 4-3) ability to get rebounds on both sides of the ball and success from the free throw line are what highlighted the Pronghorns' 91-86 upset over Casper College (15-4, 6-1) on Saturday night.
Gillette College stayed with the Thunderbirds throughout the first half. The two teams traded the lead multiple times. Myles Henry of the Pronghorns sank a three-pointer from the left of the key as time ran out of the half. That gave Gillette College a 38-35 lead into the locker room.
The Pronghorns came out in the second half, firing on all cylinders. Gillette College led by as much as 14 points and in the second half. However with under five minutes to go in the game, the Thunderbirds started to make a couple three-pointers. They cut the Pronghorn lead by four points with 1:43 left in the game. It was 87-84 in favor of Gillette with 59.4 seconds in the game.
Demetrius Lee of Casper fouled Dwight Anderson at the 42.5 second mark. Anderson made both free throws, which made it 89-84.
On the ensuing offensive possession, Corey Spense of Casper scored a two-pointer and had a chance to go to the line with 34.6 seconds to go at 89-86. Spense missed the free throw, but the Thunderbirds got the rebound and kept it in the front court. Casper called a timeout with 26.2 seconds to go. A three-pointer from the right wing was off the mark, but tipped out of bounds by the Pronghorns. Casper put it in play and took another trey shot, but it was an air ball.
The Pronghorns were able to get out of The Swede with a 91-86 victory.
The Pronghorns play Northwest College next in Powell, Wyo. on Wednesday at 7:30pm.