MESA, Ariz. – After racing out to a 20 point halftime lead, the Matadors clung on to a 72-67 road win over the Thunderbirds Wednesday night.y
Nothing went wrong for the Mats in the first half as Jordan Green sparked the offense with 7 of his 8 points. The Matadors shot 54% from the field in the first half despite hitting on just 1 of 6 three-point attempts.
Arizona Western played stifling defense as well holding Mesa to just 24% from the field and keeping all of the Thunderbird scorers to single digits in the half.
Abderrahmane Hailouf, credited with three block in the first half, altered shots all half and kept Mesa outside of the paint, where they shot just 12%.
But the pace slowed in the second and the Thunderbirds mounted their comeback by forcing turnovers and preventing the Matadors from running, literally and figuratively, away.
Still, the Matadors found enough offense and Cash Williams had 13 of his 25 points in the second half and Alfonso Plummer added 20 points to stave off Mesa’s comeback attempt.
The win snaps the Matadors three-game road losing streak and helps them keep pace with the top two teams in the ACCAC standings.
Saturday, the Matadors head home for the first time in two weeks, hosting Chandler-Gilbert at The House, beginning with the women’s game at 5:30pm and the men at 7:30pm.
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma.