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Monsters Stumble on the Road


It was two games up and two games down for the Gila Monsters men's and women's teams Wednesday against Phoenix. The men's squad lost its second game in a row and suffered its first conference road loss this year, 80-72. Eastern (8-4, 3-2) found itself in a 12-0 deficit to start the game, but EAC climbed back into the game and led 38-35 at half. The Gila Monsters had a slow start in the second half and never could get over the hump to get the win. Marcus Palmer scored a team-high 19 points and pulled down seven boards while Jordan Jamestown scored eight points and dished out eight helpers. Ervin Youmans chipped in 11 points.

"We never could get any stops and turned the ball over way too much," EAC head coach Tim Parmeter said. "We didn't get as good of play from a couple of guys that we've had lately, and turning the ball over too much and not guarding anyone isn't the best combo in the world." The Gila Monsters committed 25 turnovers, which spelled disaster for Eastern. "(Phoenix) is a good team, and they're a tough matchup for us because they're small," Parmeter said. "Their guards are quick, and they did a good job of pressuring us, and that bothered us." Dusko Stojnic started for EAC and pulled down eight rebounds. Jerryk Owens-Murrey also recorded eight boards. "A week ago, we're sitting here undefeated and in first place. Now, all of a sudden, we've lost two in a row," Parmeter said. "We've got to find a way to survive over the next couple of days, and Saturday's game (against Mesa) is a game we can and should win."

Lady Bears 61, Lady Monsters 55

Eastern's women's team is still trying to grab its first win of the season, and if it weren't for its usual bugaboos — turnovers, foul shots and rebounding," as EAC head coach Dan Dersam called them, the Monsters may have gotten their first win.

EAC (0-9, 0-5) started "relatively decent," Dersam said, and played pretty good for the first half. The team caught up in a back-and-forth game in the first half.

Dersam said the Lady Monsters had "a little lapse" and got behind but managed to stay in the game, trailing by only three, 28-25, at the break.

Foul trouble hurt the Monsters in the second half, and Phoenix was able to pull away at the end.

As for those bugaboos, EAC was out-rebounded 51-34 and made only six free throws compared to the Bears' 17.

"If we had made any kind of foul shots, we would've won it," Dersam said. Madonna Hickson scored a team-high 14 points, and Christina Brito added 11 points in the loss.

Andy Hansen, Sports Editor

Eastern Arizona Courier