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Miles Community College men, women notch wins ahead of rivalry showdown

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Posted at 11:41 AM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 13:41:28-05

BOTTINEAU, N.D. -- The Miles Community College women's basketball team got a big performance from Olyvia Pacheco on its way to a 78-70 win over Dakota College at Bottineau, while the MCC men completed the road sweep with a 107-94 victory on Wednesday.

MCC women 78, Dakota College at Bottineau 70

Pachecho recorded a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double to lead the MonDak Conference-leading Pioneers to the win at Bottineau. Claire Borot chipped in 15 points and six rebounds while Binta Salawu added 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds as Miles moved to 5-0 in MonDak play and 13-8 overall. Sophomore KP Hoffman came up big with a couple late baskets after the Lady Jacks had cut a 14-point MCC lead to two in the fourth quarter.

The victory was the Lady Pioneers' 21st consecutive conference win since returning to the MonDak Conference last season. MCC survived a cold-shooting night (37 percent from the field, 26 percent from 3) by out-rebounding DCB 44-34 and forcing 18 turnovers. MCC also shot 15 of 18 from the free throw line. Sydnie Nelson led the Lady Jacks (9-12 overall, 1-4 conference) with 22 points.

The Pioneers will host rival Dawson on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the MCC Centra.

MCC men 107, Dakota College at Bottineau 94

Sophomore Issac Abergut had a big night with 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range, and 13 rebounds to lead five Pioneers in double figures as MCC came away with the 107-94 win. The Pioneers (12-8 overall, 4-1 conference) also got 23 points from Akeemis Williams, who connected on 5 of 11 3-pointers and all six of his free throw attempts. Deondre Northey had 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Favour Chukwukelu and Gedeon Buzangu both added 11. Jayvon Lewis led the Pioneers in assists off the bench with five.

DCB (5-15 overall, 0-4 conference) had four players in double figures as Kobe Clancy returned to the lineup after missing several games and had 24 points, six rebounds and six assists. Jackson Johnson had 21 points, and Tyriek Johnson had 20.

MCC led by as many as 21 points in the first half before Bottineau rallied to cut the lead to one at 69-68 midway through the second half. MCC out-rebound the Jacks 39-33 on the night and had 24 assists on 35 field goals.

MCC will host rival Dawson on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the MCC Centra.