NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. Both the mens and womens basketball teams from Monroe College won their first-round games in their respective NJCAA national tournaments.
The men defeated Indian Hills (Iowa), 81-69, in the NJCAA Division I Mens Basketball Tournament behind Davon Marshalls 34 points, the most by a Mustang this season.
Indian Hills ran a full-court press for all 40 minutes, but Monroe was able to survive and advance to the second round, where the No. 3 Mustangs will face top-ranked South Plains (Texas) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. EDT.
"We knew going in that they were going to press the whole game," said coach Jeff Brustad. "That's how they play. But our experience in the tournament really helped. The guys weren't intimidated, and when they made their run, our sophomores, Davon, Orlando (Sanchez), and Drimir (Ferguson) regained control of the game ... and that's how it should be."
The women fell behind by 12 points to Prairie State (Ill.) but rallied to win, 52-49, in the first round of the NJCAA Division II Womens Basketball Tournament . The ninth-seeded Mustangs will face top-seeded Johnson County Community College (Kan.) in the second round at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Aivah Parham led all players with 16 points, 12 of which she scored in the second half, and 12 rebounds. Kashay Barnes was 3-of-16 from the field but went 5-for-5 from the free throw line, including two in the final seconds that gave the Mustangs a three-point lead.
It wasn't our best game, but we were able to focus, play hard, and we never gave up down the stretch said head coach James Robinson Jr. I'm proud of the way our team responded in the second half. This team shows no quit and is determined to win it all.
From reports by Monroe College Athletics/Gary Axelbank
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