Monroe, Becker lead Men's Basketball to easy win over Rivier 92-69

Monroe, Becker lead Men's Basketball to easy win over Rivier 92-69

North Adams, MA- Ki-Shawn Monroe scored a career best 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the MCLA men's basketball team to a convincing 92-69 win this afternoon over visiting Rivier in the Amsler Campus Center.  MCLA goes over the .500 mark at 5-4 heading into Tuesday's semester finale at Elms.  The Raiders slip to 2-7 with the loss.

In the opening half, the MCLA defense held Rivier to just 26% shooting while the home team converted on a sizzling 67% of their attempts.  MCLA led just 15-12 early on, but used a 16-3 spurt to increase the lead to 31-15 with 7:22 left in the half.  The Trailblazers would continue the offensive onslaught and lead 53-28 at the half.

Chris Becker was outstanding in the opening half for MCLA.  The center went 7-7 from the floor for 14 first half points.  Ki-Shawn Monroe tallied 11 points and 8 boards in the opening half of play. 

MCLA was never challenged in the second half as they cruised to victory.

Monroe was 7-10 from the floor and chipped in 4 assists and 6 steals.  Becker ended with 18 points.  Hayden Bird came off the bench to score 16 points while Noah Yearsley added 13.

Rivier was led by Issiah Chappell's game best 22 point night.  Rivier was held to just 33% shooting.