The MSJC men's basketball team won their 10th straight game on Friday night as they defeated San Diego Mesa 99-95 in overtime.
The Eagles and Olympians both shot the ball well from the beginning of the game and Mesa held a 44-38 lead at halftime despite 17 first half points from the Eagles Sam Williams. In the second half MSJC took the lead with just under 15 minutes to play and seemed like it had the game in control. The Eagles built the lead all the way to 10 at 82-72 with just 2:06 left. The Olympians made a late surge and capitalized on MSJC going just 2 of 7 from the foul line in the final two minutes to cut the lead to 2 with 14 seconds to play. On Mesa's final possession of regulation the Eagles were called for a foul, and the Olympians cashed in two free throws to force overtime.
Mesa scored the first basket of the extra session to take a brief lead, but the Eagles Danny Hopkins answered with a three pointer that would finally give MSJC the lead for good at 89-88. When Dwayne Benjamin made a three point basket with just 44 seconds to play the Eagles pushed the lead to 98-92 and held on from there.
Benjamin finished the night with 28 points and 11 rebounds while Williams ended up with 27. Dajuan Smith added 13 and a game high 7 assists before fouling out late in regulation. Carlos McCormick wound up with 11 points and Blake O'Donnell also hit double figures with 10, including five in the overtime period.
The win improved MSJC to 16-3 on the season. The Eagles will be at home for a pair of games this week when they host Imperial Valley on Wednesday and Cuyumaca on Friday. Both games this week will tip off at 7 pm.
Blake O'Donnell scored 5 of his 10 points in overtime on Friday night to help the MSJC men's basketball team win 99-95, it was the Eagles 10th straight victory.