By CALEB FOSTER
The Pima Community College men’s basketball team jumped to a 7-2 overall record and 3-2 conference record with a win Dec. 6.
The Aztecs were scheduled to play at Cochise College on Dec. 10. The game took place after Aztec Press went to the printer.
Sophomore center Murphy Gershman has led the Aztecs, posting a double-double in every ACCAC conference game. Bench play has been another strong force.
During the Dec. 6 game, Pima rode a double-digit halftime lead to beat Eastern Arizona College 90-81 at home.
The victory came behind a dominating performance by Gershman, who posted a 34-point, 14-rebound double-double. He controlled the paint all night, scoring 21 of his points under the basket.
Sophomores Matt O’Boyle and Bryan Cervantes both scored in double digits. O’Boyle had 15 and Cervantes had 14 and six rebounds on the night.
Sophomore Andres Marquez had nine points of his own.
Freshman Dorian Paige scored 15 points off the bench to help the Aztecs in the win. Three of Paige’s points came from a buzzer beater right before the half.
The Aztecs had a slow start on offense in their Dec. 3 home game against Glendale Community College. After fighting early-game miscues, they got back on track to earn an 82-67 win.
Gershman came away with a 15-point, 14-rebound double-double. He also had four assists and two blocks.
O’Boyle and Cervantes both finished with 12 points.
Freshman Justin Martion led Pima in scoring, with 16 points off the bench on 6-for-9 shooting. Paige added 13 points off the bench with 4-for-4 shooting.
In a road game on Nov. 25, Pima fell to Tohono O’Odham Community College, 74-84.