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Top-ranked Kats beat Monroe

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Top-ranked Kats beat Monroe

Top-ranked Erie Community College (22-1) went on a 27-4 run midway through the second half and cruised to a 79-57 win over No. 3 Monroe Community College (19-2) in a matchup of nationally-ranked NJCAA Division II programs this evening in Buffalo.

Monroe erased a six point halftime deficit by taking a 45-44 lead on a steal and a layup by Bobby Bell with 14:00 remaining in the contest. However, it was all Kats after that.

Erie responded by scoring the next 13 points and by the time the run was over, the Kats had built a 71-49 lead with 4:45 remaining in the game.

Freshman forward God’s Gift Achiuwa controlled the paint for the Kats all evening, finishing the game with 16 points, 18 rebounds, seven blocked shots and four assists. Sophomore forward Freddy Appiah hit four-of-seven shots from beyond the arc en route to 16 points. He also handed out five assists. Sophomore guard Tola Lawal added 13 points and five rebounds and Tyshawn Edwards chipped in 11 points.

In the teams’ first meeting of the year – a 100-99 win by Erie on January 23-Erie committed 33 turnovers and Monroe hit 14-of-28 shots from beyond the arc. Tonight, Erie cut its turnovers to 18 and held Monroe to just three-of-16 shooting from three point land.

Erie returns to action Thursday, February 11 when it visits Genesee Community College. The game is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m.


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