CLINTON — The Clinton Community College Cougars pulled away fairly early and cruised to an 88-64 win over the University of Wisconsin-Rock County Rattlers at Clinton High School’s Yourd Gymnasium Monday night.

CCC coach Josh Davis had mixed feelings on his team’s performance.

“I didn’t think we executed as well as we could have,” he said. “We didn’t get the shots we wanted sometimes offensively, but defensively our intensity is getting a lot better.

“We did have some real good spurts. We did some things real well. We had 25 assists, which is above our goal. So, we did share the ball.”

The visitors from Janesville, Wis., had the upper hand in the opening moments, leading four times in the first four minutes, the last time at 10-7 after Paul Benson’s second straight 3-pointer.

CCC (2-1) responded with a 14-0 tear, ignited by consecutive 3-pointers by Nick Thompson, who poured in a game-high 28 points and pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds.

The Cougar run also included two field goals by Rick Browne (10 points), a bucket by Deonté Hines and another hoop by Thompson, putting Clinton up 21-10 with 10:46 left in the first half.

CCC led by at least seven the rest of the way.

Clinton outscored Rock County 26-10 the rest of the way until the Rattlers’ Octovio Johnson banked in a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer, making it 47-27 at the break.

Leading 21-14 the Cougars began to blow things open when Thompson hit a field goal, Timon Brooks hit one of two free throws, Adrian Fletcher scored on a fast break, Incia Brooks fast-break bucket off a feed from Fletcher and a rebound putback by Browne to make it 30-16 with 7:28 left in the half.

CCC continued to pour it on with a driving bucket by Fletcher, a fast-break hoop and then a 3-pointer by Scott Sturm (11 points, 9 in the first half), an inside bucket by Toney McCants off a pass from Jake Gordon and a fast-break dunk by Thompson off another assist by Gordon, making it 41-20 with 2 minutes left before intermission.

Gordon’s 3-pointer from the right wing with 7 seconds left in the half made it 47-24 before Johnson’s buzzer beater.

Clinton’s largest lead was 29 points at 59-30 after Incia Brooks’ fast-break bucket off a Fletcher feed with 15:10 remaining.

That came after 3-pointers by Thompson and Colin Harrigan, and a fast-break dunk by Hines.

Rock County shaved the margin to 15 twice, the latter instance at 63-48 with 8:56 remaining.

CCC responded, building its lead back up to 26 twice. A pair of free throws by McCants and buckets by Thompson and Gordon made it 69-48.

Hines put in a pretty reverse layup, Sturm scored on a fast break and Hines added a rebound putback after he was unable to finish an alley-oop, making it 75-53 with 5:52 to play.

A pair of free throws and a 3-pointer by Thompson, a field goal by Incia Brooks and a tip-in by Browne upped the difference to 84-58 with 3:49 remaining.

Clinton led by 26 again moments later when a hoop by Fletcher made it 86-20 with 2:25 left.

CCC piled up 21 offensive rebounds.

The Cougars open Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play Saturday when they host Iowa Lakes at 4 p.m.

UW-ROCK COUNTY (64)

Max Gellert 1 0-0 3, Octovio Johnson 4 2-2 11, Paul Benson 6 0-0 14, Bryan Pierce 2 0-0 4, David Rasmussen 5 5-7 15, John Roanhouse 3 2-2 8, Jared Amundson 2 0-0 4. Totals 25 9-11 64.

CLINTON (88)

Scott Sturm 4 2-3 11, Jake Gordon 2 0-0 5, Toney McCants 3 2-2 8, Deonté Hines 4 0-0 8, Nick Thompson 11 2-2 28, Timon Brooks 0 1-2 1, Rick Browne 5 0-0 10, Colin Harrigan 1 0-0 3, Adrian Fletcher 3 0-0 6, Incia Brooks 4 0-0 8. Totals 37 7-9 88.

Halftime score—Clinton 47, UW-Rock County 27. 3-point field goals—UW-Rock County 5 (Benson 2, Gellert, Johnson); Clinton 7 (Thompson 4, Gordon, Harrigan, Sturm). Total fouls—UW-Rock County 7, Clinton 12.

Records—Clinton 2-1. Next games—Iowa Lakes at Clinton, 4 p.m. Saturday.

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