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Wyoming natives square off in NCAA basketball debuts

Central Grad Lawson Lovering and Sheridan Grad Sam Lecholat stepped onto the college basketball floor for the very first time tonight, and it was against one another.
Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 11:57 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Two Wyoming high school graduates squared off at the college basketball in Boulder on Tuesday night. Central Grad Lawson Lovering and Sheridan Grad Sam Lecholat made their NCAA Basketball debuts.

The 7′0 Lovering made his debut for the University of Colorado Boulder Buffaloes, and Lecholat suited up for the Montana State Bobcats for the first time.

The two had plenty of epic clashes during their high school careers in the Cowboy State, and they battled on Tuesday night in a slightly bigger gym.

Lovering was able to score his first collegiate points on an old-fashioned 3-point play with 11:34 left in the second half. He fouled out of the game with 10 minutes to play in regulation, and he finished the game with three points, a pair of rebounds and an assist.

Lecholat finished with nine points and a rebound. He also had two assists powered by some nifty passes to teammates that did not let the passes go to waste.

The game between the two teams would actually go into overtime. It was Lovering and the Buffs that would come out on top 94-90.

Next up, they’ll host New Mexico on Saturday. Lecholat and the Bobcats will head back to Bozeman to host Rocky Mountain on Sunday.

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