Men's Basketball | 02/05/2021

MBB: #18 AWC Pulls Away from EAC

THATCHER, Ariz---Using the three point line as a catapault, the #18 Arizona Western Matadors (4-0 overall, 3-0 ACCAC) pulled away from the Eastern Arizona Gila Monsters (0-1 overall, 0-1 ACCAC) 80-68 Friday night inside Gitteau Gymnasium.

Evan Butts put together a 21 point night by connecting on five three pointers and the Matadors balanced ball control with enough agressiveness offensively to overcome a slogging first half.

The Mats shot below 30% from the field in the opening twenty minutes but were up over 54% behind Butts in the second half. Stanley Harley connected on a couple of three's as well.

Najeeb Muhammad and Mojus Mojus rounded out the Matadors double-figure scorers.

But Eastern couldn't keep up with the Matadors from the outside, shooting just 14% from three on the night.

The two teams will be right back at it Saturday, tipping off at 2:00pm in Thatcher.