Wildcats Race To 118-94 Exhibition Win Over Another LevelPosted: Updated:
ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- (Nov. 3) Central Washington University junior Matt Penoncello (Moscow, Idaho) had team-leading totals of 28 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists, to help lead the Wildcat men's basketball team to a 118-94 exhibition victory over AnotherLevel Blue Angels on Saturday night at Nicholson Pavilion.
Penoncello, a transfer from Eastern Washington University, had a stellar CWU debut, making 11 of 15 field goal attempts including 6 of 7 from three-point range. Another former Eagle, Jake Beitinger (Port Orchard, Wash./South Kitsap HS), had 25 points and 11 rebounds while also making more than 50 percent of his field goal attempts (12 of 22).
Central had a five-point halftime lead against the Blue Angels, a traveling team of former collegiate players. The Wildcats took their first double-digit lead just three minutes into the second half, and led by at least 10 for the final 15:58. Beitinger had 16 of his points after the intermission, while seniors Bryce Daub (Bellevue, Wash./Newport HS) and Nate Jackson (Seattle, Wash./Cleveland HS) both had 14 points in the second half to finish with 14 and 20 points, respectively.
The Wildcats controlled the game statistically, shooting 56.8 percent from the floor (50 of 88). Central also made better than 50 percent from three-point range, draining 10 of 19 attempts (52.6 percent). On the glass, CWU had a convincing 52-25 advantage, as Penoncello, Beitinger, and Daub all reached double figures. Giovonne Woods (Lacey, Wash./River Ridge HS), who finished with 18 points and five assists and made 8 of 11 field goal attempts, added nine rebounds.
Four Blue Angels players scored in double figures. Ryan Hansen totaled team-highs of 26 points and five assists, while Dustin Bremerman came off the bench to score 15 including five three-pointers. Former Wildcat Tremaine Curry had 14 points, and Lukas Henne finished with 12 for AnotherLevel.
Central Washington opens its 2007-08 regular season on Nov. 16 against Notre Dame de Namur University (Calif.) as part of the CWU Invitational. The Wildcats will play their first five regular-season games at Nicholson Pavilion over the first three weeks of the season.