Eagles Fight Off Slow Start for 12th Straight Win
The MSJC men's basketball team found a way to take over in the second half on Friday night as they won for the 12th straight time defeating visiting Cuyamaca 69-50.
The Eagles started the game struggling for points, but managed to hold a 28-24 lead at halftime. Cuyamaca got off to a fast start in the second half as they built a six point lead with just over 15 minutes to play. From there the Eagles turned up the defensive pressure and got their transition game going on offense to out score the Coyotes 31-12 to close out the game.
Dwayne Benjamin ended the night as the game's top scorer with 19, he also grabbed a game high 9 rebounds. Dajuan Smith added 17 points in the win for the Eagles. Danny Hopkins and Sam Williams both contributed with 8 points off the bench. Isaiah Jones also gave the Eagles a spark as he had 6 points and 3 rebounds in a critical 5 minute stretch of the second half that gave MSJC the lead for good.
The win, MSJC's 12th in a row, improved the Eagles record to 18-3 overall. The loss dropped Cuyamaca to 9-12. The Eagles will be on the road twice this week to complete crossover play in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference as they visit San Diego City on Wednesday and Southwestern on Friday. The Eagles are 4-0 in PCAC North play while SD City is 4-0 in PCAC South games. Both games this week tip off at 5 pm.
Mt. San Jacinto College's Isaiah Jones is hacked shooting in Eagle's 69-50 win over Cuyamaca Friday. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)