Basketball (M)

MCC Picks Up Second Win in Region IX

(Miles City, MT) The Pioneers hit the road to take on the Little Big Horn College Rams on Wednesday for a Region IX conference game.

MCC is playing their first game after a home stand that resulted in the first win of the season for the Pioneers against Western Wyoming. Miles CC took a loss against Central Wyoming in overtime on Saturday but are coming into Wednesday night’s contest with some momentum built up.

The Pioneers opened the first half on fire shooting 42% from the field including 4 of 5 shots falling from behind the arc. Along with 11 of 13 free throws in the first half, MCC found themselves with a 9 point lead heading into the locker room.

The second half was much of the same story, MCC hit 20 of 46 shots from the field and while their three point efficiency fell off of their first half pace (4 for 13 in the second half) the Pioneers continued their hot streak at the free throw line hitting 13 of 17.

MCC picked up the pressure on the defensive end forcing tough looks from the Rams in the second half holding them to just 34% shooting from the field. Despite losing the turnover battle 7-4, MCC outscored LBHC 57-41 much in part to a lopsided rebound battle that MCC took 63-39.

Too much size down low and some tough shooting for Little Big Horn was the difference and MCC took the 100-75 victory.

MCC had three players finish with more than 20 points. Perion Little led the game in scoring and had his highest scoring night of his career with 26 points. Montenia Nelson and Kameron Rauch finished with 23 points and 22 points, respectively.

Next up for the ‘Neers:

MCC will head to Sheridan and look to make it back to back and find their 3rd Region IX win of the year. Miles lost their first matchup with Sheridan College at home this season, but with the solid play from MCC in the last two weeks, a road upset is a definite possibility.

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