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Monroe Mustangs Men’s Basketball Hits Century Mark in Dominant Victory over Monroe Community College

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., December 9, 2018 – Five different Mustangs scored in double figures and every player that touched the court scored for the Monroe College Mustangs men's basketball team, as the Mustangs rolled to a 100-53 victory over Monroe Community College on Sunday in the final game of the Monroe College Roundball Classic at the Monroe Athletic Complex. The Mustangs improve to 7-4 on the season with the win, while the Tribunes fall to 7-5. After a getting off to a slow start in Saturday's contest, the Mustangs came out with a new fire on Sunday, scoring the first 10 points of the game for an early double-digit advantage. The Tribunes got back within six at 13-7, but the Mustangs responded with a 14-0 run to take a 20-point lead before the midway point of the first half. The Mustangs later used a 16-point run to take a commanding 44-13 lead with five minutes still left in the frame. They went on to close out the half with a 54-21 advantage over the Tribunes. Juan Felix Rodriguez led all scorers at the break with 14 points, adding four assists. Will Martinez came off the bench to score 11 points, steal the ball five times and pull down a team-high six rebounds. Daniel Cabassa and Zion Styles each had eight points at the break. The Tribunes opened the second half on a 7-3 run, and was within 30 points at 59-29 at the 17:09 mark. The Mustangs then went on a 21-0 run to go up, 80-29. Monroe kept its distance from that point onward, defeating the Tribunes by 47. Martinez finished with a double-double, leading the team with 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals in the win. Cabassa finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Rodriguez contributed 14 points and eight assists. Styles added 13 points and four assists, while Thomas Binelli picked up 10 points and six boards. The Mustangs shot 58.6 percent (41-of-70) from the field in the win, including eight three-pointers. They won the rebound battle, 47-25, and forced 23 turnovers compared to just 15 Mustang giveaways. The Mustangs will now take an extended break before taking a New Year's trip down to Florida. They will compete in the Tallahassee Democrat Holiday Classic, hosted by Tallahassee Community College from Dec. 28-29. Their weekend will open on Friday, Dec. 28, when the Mustangs take on Pensacola State College at 5:30 p.m. Monroe will then face off with Tallahassee on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m.

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