Playing in their first game since December 15th the MSJC men's basketball team started off slowly and ran out of time in the second half as they lost Saturday to visiting Southwestern 102-99 in a non-conference home game.
Southwestern got off to a very fast start as they jumped on the Eagles for an early 18-3 lead before MSJC found their footing on the afternoon. The Jaguars connected on 21 of 41 first half shots, including going 8 of 15 beyond the three point line to take a halftime lead of 53-40.
The Eagles fought back in the second half and closed the gap even giving themselves a desperation chance to tie the game as the buzzer sounded. A balanced offensive attack gave MSJC a chance, but Southwestern had enough fire power of their own down the stretch to hold on for the win.
David Thompson led five Eagles in double figures with 21 points, he also had 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals. Deshawn Millington added 20 points and 6 boards, while Terrell Gray came off the bench to spark MSJC with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Justin Holiday and C.J. Hyder both also reached double figures with 13 points a piece. Holiday was the Eagles top rebounder with 7 in the game. Southwestern had six players reach double figures in scoring led by Marquavian Stephens 22.
The win improved Southwestern to 12-4 on the season while the Eagles dropped to 13-2, the loss ended an 8 game winning streak for the Eagles who hadn't dropped a game since November 21st. MSJC will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to San Diego City for a 7 pm contest, the Eagles will be back at home on Saturday January 12th when they host Imperial Valley at 3 pm.
MSJC's Terrell Gray came off the bench Saturday afternoon to score 17 points and grab 6 rebounds, but the Eagle men's basketball team came up short for just the second time this season losing to Southwestern 102-99. MSJC is now 13-2 on the year. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC).