The MSJC men's basketball team won their first ever Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game on Friday night as they won on the road at Palomar 64-54.
The game got off to a slow start as both teams struggled for offense, but the Eagles would slowly start to put points on the board with balanced first half scoring. MSJC took a 27-23 lead into the halftime break. In the second half some timely shooting from Danny Hopkins and some transition baskets by Dwayne Benjamin and Dajuan Smith allowed the Eagles to push the lead out to 13 at 55-42 with 7:14 left. Palomar would make a run closing the gap to 57-54 with 3:50 to play, but the MSJC defense shut the Comets out the rest of the way and pulled out the 10 point victory.
The win was MSJC's sixth in a row as they improved to 12-3 overall and 1-0 in the PCAC. Benjamin finished the night with a team high 16 points to go along with 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Hopkins and Smith both ended the evening with 15 a piece with Smith also grabbing 9 boards. Levon Harper had another strong night defending the paint for the Eagles as he collected 5 blocked shots and 8 rebounds.
MSJC returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to Oceanside to take on Miracosta in a 7 pm game. The Eagles return home on Friday January 17th when they play Miramar. Friday's game is part of a doubleheader with the MSJC women's team and will tip off at 7 pm.
Levon Harper had 5 blocks and 8 rebounds on Friday as MSJC defeated Palomar College in San Marcos in the team's first ever PAcific Coast Athletic Conference game. (photo courtesey of Palomar College).