YUMA, Ariz---- The Arizona Western Matadors ( 7-2 overall, 2-0 ACCAC) converted 25 turnovers into a comfortable conference win by the score of 86-59 over the Tohono O’odham Jegos (3-5 overall, 0-2 ACCAC) 86-59 Saturday evening at The House.
The Matadors busted out in the first half using those turnovers for their offensive rhythm. The Mats dominated points off of turnovers by scoring 17 of them en route to building an eighteen point lead at the break.
Jalen Townsell led the way for AWC by tallying 10 points, which included a steal and a dunk on the same play. Cash Williams added 8 points in the half, spurring the transition game. On the other side, Tajik Bartholomew had 15 points for the Jegos.
The Matadors started strong for the first couple minutes of the second half, balooning the lead to 25. But a 12-2 Jegos run cut AWC's advantage to just 13. Gio Nelson had a bulk of his 14 points in the second half and was influential in the Matadors transition game while securing six rebounds. Nelson had a chase-down block towards the end of the game that embodied the Matador toughness. The ball ended up in the hands of Christos Hadjicostas who lobbed a lead pass to Jordan Green for a layup.
Green finished with 10 points, one of five Mats in double-figures for the game.
Townsell had a game high 16 points, while Williams finished with 15 points at 7 assists.
AWC had 34 points off of the Jegos 25 turnovers and shot 61% from the field in the second half to close out the game.
The Matadors hit the road this Tuesday against Pima Community College in Tucson. The game will follow the Women, but is scheduled for a 7:30pm tip in the Aztec Gymnasium. Both games will be livestreamed on the Matador Facebook Page (@AWCMatadorAthletics)
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships will all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma.