Monsters Win Gila Monster Classic, Will Bynum MVP
Thatcher, AZ --
The second and final day of the Eastern Arizona College Gila Monster Classic took an extra five minutes to decide the outcome but in the end College of Eastern Utah outlasted Scottsdale 80-77. CEU placed six players in double figures led by Darrington Hobson's 13 points. SCC was led again by Jesus Mora who scored a game high 18 points. Brett Miller also chipped in with 18.
The finale also doubled as a championship game as both host and 27th ranked Eastern Arizona College and Odessa were easy winners the first night. It was the EAC Gila Monsters who came away with an 81-71 victory. After a brief 7-5 Odessa lead EAC never trailed. A 22-6 run in the first half allowed Eastern to open a 37-19 margin in the final minutes of the first half before ending the first twenty minutes ahead 41-26. EAC's excellent play continued to start the second half as they pushed the lead to as many as 24 with just over 13 minutes remaining. Odessa however battled back taking advantage of 23 second half free throw attempts. Odessa trimmed the lead to as few as eight with two minutes to play but Eastern was able to hold on for the win.
Eastern was led in scoring by Classic MVP Will Bynum. Bynum scored 19 points to go along with six assists, four rebounds, and three steals. Vladimir Bulut connected on 5 of 9 three pointers and tallied 17 points, Nikola Kecman added 12 and Markhuri Sanders-Frison posted a double-double scoring 12 and pulling down 11 rebounds. Odessa was paced by Jamel Guyton and Tommie Sykes who each had 23.
EAC (2-0) will travel to Texas this weekend to play in South Plains College's Classic. Friday night EAC will play host South Plains who comes in undefeated and ranked 17th in the country and will then face New Mexico Military Institute on Saturday afternoon. Eastern will return home November 23 and 24 when they host their Thanksgiving Classic.