Central Washington University’s Davon Bolton (2) shoots against Corban University’s Elijah Welch (1) Tuesday night in the Nicholson Pavilion.

Brandon Rinta’s assertion earlier in the season held true once again on Tuesday.

With the depth and talent Central Washington University derives offensively, there aren’t just one or two players who are going to consistently lead in scoring. It’s going to be different guys on different nights.

Central’s head coach reiterated that after the Wildcats 82-67 win over NAIA Corban University (Ore.) after senior Davon Bolton led the team with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting.

“As you can see and as we can probably talk about every single game, it’s somebody else stepping up,” Rinta said. “We have four guys that are averaging double figures, and I think that will continue to fluctuate. Different guys averaging double figures. Different guys being leading scorers on different nights.”

Those four players leading in scoring are University of Idaho transfer Xavier Smith (13.2), Jeryn Lucas (11.0), Matt Poquette (10.2) and Tariq Woody (10.0).

But this time around, it was Bolton’s turn to lead the third-ranked scoring offense in the GNAC (77.3). While he’s only averaging 8.5 points per game, he’s led Central in scoring on three separate occasions.

He notched 20 points in the Wildcats 88-81 win over Idaho and then 18 in their 80-71 loss to Cal State San Bernardino.

It was a nice bounce-back game for the transfer guard out of Northern Arizona who went scoreless in the last two games, only taking a total of eight shots. But it was just another example of Central’s offensive depth.

“I just felt the team didn’t really need me to score like that in those games,” Bolton said. “I just did the little things, rebound, defense, bring the energy. Guys got it going in those two games, I didn’t really want to force anything. So, today was my day to do what I have to do.”

Rinta didn’t even know Bolton had zero points in those two games.

“I wasn’t even aware he was scoreless in the last two games,” Rinta said. “He’s an important part in what we’re doing today and he’s definitely going to have more games like he did tonight. He’s worked hard and he’s capable of that.

Bolton transferred over from Northern Arizona where he spent one season. In 31 games played, he averaged just 5.0 points. Before that, he was at Eastern Arizona College for two seasons where he was recognized as an honorable mention All-American after posting 19.6 points per game with a 37.5 percent clip from the 3 his sophomore season. He tallied over 1,000 career points.

The 6-foot-1 guard has started in all six games for Central and has seen the most minutes per game on the team along with Smith (27.8).

“I’m a scorer, I want to find my rhythm. … I was recruited to come score,” Bolton said. “I was looking for my rhythm early, but for the most part, if it’s not there and other guys are going, I’m just going to let them go.”

When Bolton wasn’t contributing point wise, it was Smith who found his rhythm versus Colorado Christian with 20 points. Gamaun Boykin and Woody each added 12 points, respectively.

Versus Evergreen State last Friday, it was Poquette scoring 14 points and Boykin with 11.


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