The MSJC men's basketball team suffered their first loss in nearly two months Saturday as a late lead slipped away at San Bernardino Valley allowing the Wolverines to pick up the victory 74-71 in a Foothill Conference game.
The Eagles had not lost since December 4th and continue to hold a one game conference lead over San Bernardino and Antelope Valley with three weeks remaining in the regular season. In Saturday's game both teams shot the ball extremely well in the first half as the teams combined for 13 made three pointers in the opening 20 minutes. MSJC held a slim 39-37 lead at the break.
In the second half MSJC was able to push the lead to as much as 12, but SBVC made some crucial shots down the stretch to close the gap in the final four minutes. Justin Stanley hit a three pointer for the Wolverines with 33 seconds remaining that finally gave SBVC the lead 73-71. The Eagles were unable to convert a play on the following possession
and turned the ball over with less than 2 seconds to play and were forced to foul. SBVC made one of two free throws and a full court shot by MSJC's Josh Gouch as time expired missed.
Taylor Bell led the MSJC offense on the day with a game high 27 points including 6 of 12 shooting from behind the three point line. Gouch added 16 points and 8 rebounds for the Eagles while Anthony Dees scored 15 points in the loss. MSJC ranked #3 in the state now stands at 18-4 overall and 7-1 in Foothill Conference play while SBVC, ranked #8 in the state improved to 17-5 and 6-2.
The Eagles will be home twice this week as they host Barstow Wednesday night and College of the Desert on Saturday. Wednesday's game is scheduled for 7 pm and Saturday tip off is set for 3 pm.
Taylor Bell scored a game high 27 points on Saturday, but the Eagles lost for the first time since Dec. 4th at San Bernardino Valley 74-71. MSJC is still alone a top the Foothill Conference standings at 7-1, they are 18-4 overall.