MASON CITY – The NIACC men’s basketball team put an exclamation point on what has largely been a successful first half to the season on Saturday.
The Trojans used a 35-3 run over a nine-minute span of the first half to run away from an outmanned AFLBS team and earn their 11th win of the season with a 74-39 win.
With the score 38-10 following the NIACC run, veteran Trojans coach Mark Mohl took the opportunity to rest his starters and most of his key reserves and give some solid court time to the reserves.
“We’ve got 15 who suit up and 15 who can play,” Mohl said. “As long as they play hard and communicate, they can help us.”
NIACC took a commanding 52-22 lead into halftime, and that advantage translated into significant second-half minutes for Jalen Lucas, Rodrick Fuller, Cam McPherson, Jalen Smith and Kaleb Anderson.
Other than those five, no NIACC player was on the court for 10 minutes.
McPherson, who has started at times this season, put up six points – all in the second half – but added 18 rebounds and four assists.
Fuller, a 5-foot-11 freshman guard from Wallingford, had nine points to lead the Trojans in scoring and seven rebounds.
Anderson added a pair of 3-point goals and finished with eight.
Orrington Hamilton had eight points and five assists in less than nine minutes.
With the win, the Trojans take a 11-3 record into the holiday break.
“We’ve had a good semester,” Mohl said. “Hopefully we can continue to get better.”
NIACC does not return to action until Jan. 10 when it travels to Rosemount, Minnesota to face Dakota County Technical College in its final tune up before the ICCAC conference season open on Jan. 17 at Kirkwood.