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Miles Community College men, women sweep Williston State

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Posted at 11:58 AM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 13:58:07-05

(Editor's note: Miles Community College media releases)

MILES CITY -- The Miles Community College men's and women's basketball teams earned a doubleheader sweep over Williston State on Sunday.

MCC men 101, Williston State 93

Miles Community College led by 19 points with roughly five minutes to play and held off a frantic Williston State rally as Issac Abergut hit a huge 3-point basket with 55 seconds remaining to help the Pioneers squeak out a 101-93 win over the Tetons in Miles City. Abergut had a huge game with 18 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. He scored five points in the final minute as the Pioneers (11-8 overall, 3-1 MonDak Conference) held on for the MonDak Conference win.

Deondre Northey had a big night, scoring 27 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists before fouling out with six minutes to play. The Pioneers led 94-75 with four minutes left before Williston State made its frantic run behind the efforts of Kobey Lam and Ethan Holt. Lam hit for 23 points and seven rebounds, while Holt had 28 points. The Tetons struggled from the 3-point line as they connected for only 4 of 28 attempts.

All five Pioneer starters scored in double figures as Gedeon Buzangu had 16 points and nine rebounds and Favour Chukwukelu had 13 and Akeemis Williams chipped in with 10.

For the Tetons (9-10, 0-4), Jonathan Komagum had 20 points and 15 rebounds in the losing effort, while Nathanial Powell added 11 points.

The Pioneers out-rebounded the Tetons 47-40 and survived 14 second-half turnovers in the victory. MCC led by as many as 23 points in the first half. The Pioneers will hit the road on Wednesday night to play Dakota College-Bottineau.

MCC women 78, Williston State 39

Binta Salawu scored 18 points and had five assists and all five starters scored in double figures as the MCC women used a 28-10 second-quarter edge to cruise to a 78-39 win over Williston State and maintain their lead in the MonDak Conference.

Claire Borot added 17 points and four assists, while Lili Long hit for 11 and KP Hoffman and Olyvia Pacheco both scored 10 in the lopsided win. MCC also outscored the Tetons 25-7 in the third quarter and led by as a 43 points in the second half. MCC forced 22 Teton turnovers and dominated the boards 40-29.

The Lady Pioneers (12-8 overall, 4-0 conference) also had 19 assists on 27 made field goals. They also had 14 steals while olding Williston State to only 1 of 13 from the 3-point line.

MCC will hit the road on Wednesday as it travels to Dakota College-Bottineau for a 5:30 p.m. (CST) tipoff.