The Eastern Arizona College men's basketball team got their first road win in over a month Saturday night when they defeated Pima 82-79.
Eastern jumped out to a quick 10-3 lead but Pima slowly chipped away and built a lead of their own, at one point pushing their advantage to 7 before the teams went to halftime tied at 39. EAC regained the lead at the beginning of the second half and built their lead to as many as 9 midway through the half. Pima never went away cutting the margin to as few as 2 but Eastern managed to hold on for the win.
Eastern placed three players in double figures led by Jeremy Long's 24. Brandon Woods regained some of his earlier form by scoring 17 and Carlos Corral recorded a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman point guard Craig Shuck passed out 10 assists on the night while committing only one turnover.
The real story for EAC continues to be the games missed rather than the performance of those on the floor. The Monsters have had at least one player unavailable to play in all but one game this season and that trend will continue for at least three more weeks as Eric "Junior" Nwawel dislocated his shoulder Saturday night and Richard Ruiz fractured his thumb in practice Friday. On a positive note, Seth Merrill who has missed four games due to a groin pull is expected back this week as is Steve Guse who missed three days last week with a stomach illness.
This week Eastern (12-10, 7-7) will host second place Arizona Western on Wednesday night and travel to play Chandler-Gilbert on Saturday. Game times are 7:30 MST and all of the action can be heard live via the internet at www.swsn.net.