TEMPE, Ariz.—Arizona Western (11-4, 5-2) raced out to a double digit advantage and never let off of the gas en route to a 93-67 win over South Mountain (7-8, 2-5) Saturday night.
The Matadors actually led prior to the opening tip due to an administrative technical, one of the shot clocks was not functioning properly, and Bryson Langdon sank the free throw. Five different Matadors scored to stake AWC to an early 12-4 lead, but it was Sophomore Alfonso Plummer that ignited the offense by tallying 17 of his game high 27 points in the first half. Plummer connected on four of his six three pointers in the first half. The Mats shot 50% from three for the game, connecting on 9 of 18 attempts.
Andre Allen was a big contributor in the first half as well, striking for 10 of his 14 points in the first half. The Matadors would use the combo’s 27 points to build a 46-29 halftime lead.
AWC maintained at least a 17 point lead throughout the remainder of the contest but opened up the difference with a key sequence just two minutes into the second half.
Marvin Mapaga started the run with a quick layup before Bryson Langdon connected on three consecutive trips with three-pointers, swelling the lead to 25 points allowing the Mats to maintain the lead from start to finish.
Coupled with the offensive onslaught, the defense was also stellar, never allowing the Cougars to score on more than two consecutive possessions from the field. Abderrahmane Hailouf was the major factor on the defensive end, rejecting seven shots, and finishing just three blocks shy of a triple-double to go along with his 12 points and 10 boards. Cash Williams pressured the perimeter coming up with 4 steals. South Mountain shot just under 33% from the field for the game and only 19% from three.
Allen completed his double-double effort with a game high 11 rebounds, five of which coming on the offensive end of the floor. Langdon finished with 15 points and 7 assists while Williams was a constant facilitator with 8 assists to compliment his 7 points.
South Mountain did attack the basket throughout, earning 27 free throw attempts, but made just 15 (55.6%). Zach Williams led the Cougars in scoring with 14 points.
The win keeps Western in a four way tie for second place in the ACCAC, a game back of conference leading Chandler-Gilbert, four games shy of the half way point in conference play.
The Matadors will play their first home game of 2019 on Wednesday, January 9th when they welcome the red hot Phoenix College Bears to Yuma at 7:30pm. Phoenix has won their last four contests.
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. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,300 certificates and degrees in 2016-17.