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Gila Monster Classic - Day 1


The first contest of the night in the Gila Monster Classic saw Monroe College out last Scottsdale 91-78.

Scottsdale led much of the first half and took a slim one point lead into the locker room at half. Monroe however was too much for SCC as they exploded for 56 points in the game's final twenty minutes and cruised to the win.

Monroe was led in scoring by Ricky Johns who poured in a game high 25 points. Rashard Turner scored 14 including four three pointers, Nir Cohen also had 14, and Andre Forrester chipped in with 13. The Artichokes were led by Ladi Makinde's 23 points. MIcky Wheeler had 17 and Dustin Fish added 13.

In the nightcap, Eastern ran past Ft. Huachuca 100-58. The game was actually tight for the first half as EAC struggled to a 39-33 lead at the break. The second half also began slowly for the Monsters before a 17-0 run put the game out of reach.

Eastern was led in scoring by sophomore guard Brad Smith's 17 points. Sone Finister came off the bench to score 13, and Brandon Woods and Hrvoje Pervan each chipped in with 12. Woods and Finister paced the rebounding effort with 7 each and freshman forward Jerryck Owens-Murrey passed out 6 assists to go with his eight points. For the night, EAC shot 60% from the field for the second straight game and held Ft. Huachuca to only 35%.

Eastern moves to 2-0 on the season and will face 26th ranked Monroe College Saturday night in the finale of the Gila Monster Classic. Game time will be 7:30 and will follow the Scottsdale - Ft. Huachuca contest which is set to begin at 5:30.