Men's Basketball Team Loses Lead Late in Loss to Palomar
The MSJC men's basketball team built a big second half lead on Friday night, but could not hold on down the stretch as they lost 88-86 to visiting Palomar College.
The Eagles playing in their Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North Division opener led 51-47 at the half and built that lead to as much as 16 in the second half before the Comets made a late push. Palomar's zone slowed MSJC's scoring down in the final 10 minutes and a couple key shots by Comet guards gave them the lead for good with just over 1:30 to play.
Samuel Williams had a huge offensive game for MSJC scoring a career high 45 points in the loss. Blake O'Donnell added 12 points and 6 rebounds while Pee Wee Gardner had 11 points and 7 assists.
The loss drops MSJC to 12-5 overall on the season and 0-1 in PCAC North play while Palomar improved to 8-8 and 2-0. The Eagles will be at home on Wednesday when they host Mira Costa at 7 pm following the MSJC women's game against San Diego City.
Mt. San Jacinto College's Samuel Williams, right, watches teammate PeeWee Gardner soar to score but fouled by Palomar College. Visiting Palomar rallied from a 16-point deficit to win, 88-86. Photo by DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC