The MSJC men's basketball team won a highly intense home game Saturday over visiting San Bernardino Valley College 75-70 handing the Wolverines their first Foothill Conference loss since 2009.
The win for MSJC avenged a loss from January 5th to the Wolverines and opened up the Foothill Conference race that SBVC seemed to have a strangle hold on. A very physical game from the start the undersized Eagles held their own on the boards throughout the game finishing with a 43-41 advantage in that department.
The Eagles held a 35-31 halftime lead, but the Wolverines seized momentum early in the second half as they built the lead to as much as nine. Clutch plays down the stretch by MSJC allowed them to regain the lead for good at the two minute mark, despite poor free throw shooting. With the Eagles up 73-70, the Wolverines leading scorer Keon Pledger missed an open three pointer to tie the game. The Eagles John Pressley went high for the rebound and after being fouled, Pressley's two free throws put the game away for the Eagles.
Sophomore guard Eric Lawton was the Eagles top scorer on the day with 23 points he also grabbed 6 rebounds. Dakota Downs added 18 points while Jaree Crawford recorded a double double with 15 points and 14 rebounds. With the victory the Eagles improved to 16-6 overall and 5-3 in Foothill Conference play while SBVC fell to 13-9 overall and 7-1 in conference play.
MSJC will be back in action Wednesday when they travel to Palm Desert to take on College of the Desert. Game time is set for 7:30 pm and you can hear all of the action on msjc.edu or locally on AM 1620 the Eagle Radio Network.
(1/29/2011 San Jacinto, CA)
Mt. San Jacinto's Kris Brooks goes up the basket. MSJC Mens's basketball win 75-70 over San Bernardino Valley College. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)