Men's basketball falls on the road to South Mountain, 80-73

Men's basketball falls on the road to South Mountain, 80-73

  PHOENIX, AZ - The Mesa men's basketball team was unable to completely overcome a slow start to the second half, and fell on the road to South Mountain Saturday, 80-73.

  Trailing just 41-39 at the break, the T-Birds (10-12, 9-8) quickly slipped behind by nine, 52-43, in the first four minutes of the second half. 

  Still trailing, 66-57 with seven minutes to play, MCC mounted a comeback and drew even at 66-66 on a layup by Ed Hardt (Fr., Phoenix, AZ/Deer Valley H.S.) at the 3:58 mark.

  Mesa still trailed by just four with 2:16 left on a three-point play by Obi Megwa (Fr., Phoenix, AZ/Central H.S.). But, SMCC (15-10, 11-6) connected on nine of ten free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

  Megwa paced Mesa with 22 points, going 9-14 from the floor. Nate Jimerson (So., Bullhead City, AZ/Mohave H.S.) had 12 and Trevor Johnson (Fr., Flagstaff, AZ/Flagstaff H.S.) added 11.

  Megwa also had seven rebounds and six assists to pace MCC in those categories.

  The T-Birds will host Pima on Wednesday at Theo Heap Gym at 7:30 p.m.

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