The MSJC men's basketball team won their fifth straight game on Saturday as they beat visiting San Bernardino Valley 66-62 on sophomore day in San Jacinto.
The Eagles played inspired basketball from the start and carried a strong defensive effort into halftime with a 38-29 lead. The Wolverines made a few runs in the second half and even took a brief lead before Mylin Jordan, Dwayne Benjamin, and Hassante Manning made some big shots down the stretch to preserve the victory for the Eagles.
Benjamin finished the game with a team high 21 points to go along with 7 rebounds. Jordan came off the bench to add 16 points and 4 assists. Manning also reached double figures with 13 points. Manning tied Benjamin for game high honors in rebounds as well with 7.
The win solidified a play-off spot for the Eagles as they improved to 19-8 overall and 7-5 in the Foothill Conference. The loss dropped SBVC from a three way tie for the conference lead. The Eagles will finish the regular season with two road games against Chaffey and Antelope Valley. Chaffey and AVC are currently tied for the top spot in the league.
Saturday also marked the final regular season home game for seven MSJC sophomores. Montreal Harris, Sam Natt, D'Anthony Peterson, and Malcolm McFarland were two year players for the Eagles while transfers Hassante Manning, Donovan Clark, and Mylin Jordan played one season for MSJC.
Mt. San Jacinto College’s Dwayne Benjamin dunks two of his 21 points, with mugs of sophomores held by Code Red in stands. Eagles won 65-62 over San Bernardino Valley College at home Saturday, February 16, 2013. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)