NORTH EAST, Pa. - Jan. 15 - The Erie Community College men's basketball team, the nation's 13th-ranked team, won its ninth-straight game with a 90-89 victory over Mercyhurst North East Thursday night. The Kats, now 11-3 overall and 2-0 in Western New York Athletic Conference play, were led by sophomore guard Devon Elliott (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Laughlin) and his season-high 26 points.
Sophomore guard Darale Young (Buffalo, N.Y./Middle College) added 19 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Sophomore guard Isaiah Jefferson (Buffalo, N.Y./Riverside) scored 14 points while sophomore forward Emanuel Hutcherson (Milton, Mass./Milton) added 10 points. Freshman forward Tobechuckwu Okafor (Ikesa, Nigeria/Maine Central Institute) recorded up 10 points, eight rebounds and blocked five shots.
ECC will play at Alfred State College Thursday night.