WAHPETON, N.D. -- The Miles Community College men's and women's basketball teams traveled to Wahpeton, N.D., on Sunday for a doubleheader against North Dakota State College of Science. NDSCS swept the games, earning a 48-46 win in the women's game and a 94-70 win in the men's game.
North Dakota State College of Science women 48, Miles Community College 46
Neither the MCC or NDSCS women's basketball teams could find the range on Sunday afternoon. The difference maker came on two Kate Carlson free throws with 0.4 seconds remaining following a controversial foul call. MCC's Claire Borot appeared to block Carlson's shot, but a foul was called on Olyvia Pacheco, and Carlson cashed in to give NDSCS a 48-46 win in Wahpeton.
NDSCS shot a mere 16 of 68 from the floor (24 percent), 4 of 24 from 3-point range (17) and 12 of 23 from the free throw line (52 percent) and still managed to win Sunday's MonDak Conference battle. NDSCS didn't have a player score in double figures, but Carlson had nine points and 12 rebounds, while teammate Nikki Metcalf added nine points and 11 rebounds. The Wildcats dominated the boards 59-44. Science grabbed an amazing 28 offensive rebounds in the game, which was the biggest factor in the Pioneer loss.
For the Pioneers (16-10 overall, 8-2 MonDak) freshman Pacheco led the way with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Binta Salawu added 11 points on the afternoon as the Pioneers shot a measly 16 of 60 from the field and 6 of 20 on 3s. The 26 percent field goal shooting was too much to overcome on this Sunday afternoon.
The Pioneers led 28-24 at the half but could only score seven third-quarter points and only 18 in the second half.
Next up for MCC is its final home game of the season on Thursday night as it hosts Dakota College-Bottineau. The Lady Pioneers will look to hold on to second place in the conference and a first-round bye in the Region XIII Playoffs.
North Dakota State College of Science men 94, Miles Community College 70
NDSCS exploded for 59 second-half points en route to a 94-70 men's basketball win over Miles Community College on Sunday. NDSCS made 38 of 68 field goals for the game, including a 10-of-21 mark from 3-point range. Duoth Gach made five 3s on his way to a game-high 19 points. Mohamed Kone (15 points), Damien Gordon (14) and Rayquan Moore (14) also finished in double digits for NDSCS.
Gedeon Buzangu led MCC with 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting and a 6-of-8 performance at the free throw line. Deondre Northey and Jayvon Lewis each added 10 points in the loss.
The Pioneers made just 6 of 22 3-point attempts and had only 10 assists on 26 made field goals. NDSCS, meanwhile, had 24 assists on 38 made field goals in the win.
MCC (15-10 overall, 7-3 MonDak) returns to Miles City for its final home game of the season, a Thursday night tip against Dakota College-Bottineau.