Monsters Rout Yavapai
Prescott, AZ --
Every member of the Eastern Arizona College menís basketball team reached the scoring column in a 99-76 victory over Yavapai College Wednesday night. It was a balanced attack as five members of the Gila Monster squad scored in double figures.
Freshman guard Mike James connected on 50% of his floor shots and shot 8-for-8 from the free throw line en route to a game-high 31 points to lead the way. His performance fell one point shy of a season- and career-high 32 he set earlier this season.
Donald Johnson had his best game of late with 14 points and a team-high 14 rebounds, his thirteenth double-double of the season. Dazmond Starke chipped in with 14 points of his own while Mario Gill and Kalonji Paschal each had 10. Paschal also had a team-high six assists.
The Roughriders were led by Daniel Duran and Mychal Martinez with 16 points apiece.
The game was close through the first 10 minutes, but EAC went on a few different scoring runs to stretch its lead to 48-34 at the half. The second half was no different as the Monsters stretched their lead to 27 points with a few minutes to play.
As a team, EAC shot 38-for-65 from the floor for 58% and 18-for-21 from the free throw line for 86%.
With the victory, the Monsters improve to 18-9 overall and 12-7 in ACCAC play. They have won seven straight, 14 of their last 16, and remain two games up on fifth-place Central Arizona College for the final Division I playoff spot with three games to play.
Next up for EAC is a road game at Chandler-Gilbert Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Coyotes are the top Division II team in the ACCAC and have won three of their last four games.