Monsters Run Over #17 Arizona Western
Thatcher, AZ --
January 9, 2008 Men's Basketball
In a battle of Top 20 Teams Wednesday night in Thatcher, AZ it was the 20th ranked Gila Monsters of Eastern Arizona College who defeated the 17th ranked Matadors of Arizona Western by the score of 77-51.
Eastern had been plagued by slow starts this season but that was not the case on Wednesday as they led from wire to wire. EAC jumped to a quick 16-9 lead seven minutes in and had the lead to double figures by the midway point of the half. The margin grew to as many as 15 before Eastern took a 40-28 advantage into the locker room. The Gila Monster lead never dipped below ten but AWC continued to hang around until an 8-0 EAC run pushed the lead to 20 and the Monsters cruised from there.
EAC placed four players in double figures led by Chop Tang's 21 points. Nikola Kecman and Will Bynum each had 13 and Vladimir Bulut chipped in with 11 including two straight three's in Eastern's decisive 8-0 second half run. Markhuri Sanders-Frison had eight second half points to go with ten rebounds and Roman Andrade had an outstanding game off the bench scoring eight points and four assists. Eastern struggled from the foul line connecting on only 10-23 attempts but made up for it from three as they made half of their 26 attempts from behind the arc.
EAC (14-1, 7-0) now stands alone in first place in the ACCAC but will face another tough test on Saturday when they travel to South Mountain. South comes into the game ranked 9th in the country in the NJCAA Division II rankings. Game time is set for 7:30 MST and all of the action can be heard live via the internet at www.swsn.net.
Congratulations also goes out to Will Bynum for being the first ever recipient of the Ryan Wrigley Parmeter Scholarship which was presented to him at halftime of the Wednesday's game. Also, a huge thank you goes out to Gary Parrish and CBS Sports for their time and interest in writing such a moving story. If you did not have a chance please check out Gary's article at:
Thank you to everyone for their continued support.