Men's Basketball | 02/06/2021

MBB: Eastern's Late Bucket Blemishes #18 AWC


THATCHER, Ariz---While the #18 Arizona Western Matadors (4-1 overall, 3-1 ACCAC) almost made it through a unique three-game week unscathed, a late bucket from the Eastern Arizona Gila Monsters (1-1 overall, 1-1 ACCAC) handed AWC its first loss of the year 67-66 Saturday afternoon at Gitteau Gymnasium.

Najeeb Muhammad led the way with 17 points and 6 assists for the Matadors, but an unusual string of turnovers hampered the offense in the first half.

The Matadors turned it on with the their typical second-half burst and held a 66-65 lead late. But a tie-up on the defense end gave possession to EAC in the final 30 seconds before they hit the go-ahead bucket with 9.7 seconds left.

Yaxel Lendeborg led the way on the glass for Arizona Western with 10.

No other Matador was in double-figures.

Arizona Western will get a break from the road, but not Eastern Arizona. The Matadors will return home Friday and Saturday for another double-header with the Gila Monsters, this time in Yuma. The women will proceed both games.

Friday will be at 5:30pm and 7:30pm while Saturday will be at 2:00pm and 4:00pm. The women will play first on both days.

All four games will be broadcast on AWC TV, Channel 74 on Spectrum in Yuma, and streamed on the Matadors Sports Network (