Lieppert unravels for 48 points as Aztecs men's basketball tops Cochise College

Freshman Jake Lieppert (Saguaro HS) was unleashed as he scored a game-high 48 points as he went 10 for 14 from three-point range to help the No. 14 ranked Aztecs beat Cochise College 91-78 in their ACCAC conference opener. The Aztecs are 3-2 overall and 1-0 in ACCAC conference play. Photo by Stephanie Van Latum
Freshman Jake Lieppert (Saguaro HS) was unleashed as he scored a game-high 48 points as he went 10 for 14 from three-point range to help the No. 14 ranked Aztecs beat Cochise College 91-78 in their ACCAC conference opener. The Aztecs are 3-2 overall and 1-0 in ACCAC conference play. Photo by Stephanie Van Latum

The Pima Community College men's basketball team (3-2, 1-0 in ACCAC) opened ACCAC conference play at Cochise College on Wednesday and picked up a big road win.

  • Freshman Jake Lieppert (Saguaro HS) popped off for 48 points as the No. 14 ranked Aztecs (Division II) defeated Cochise College (Division I) 91-78. It was the most points scored in a game by an Aztecs player since Shakir Smith, when he scored 54 points in Feb. 2014.
  • Lieppert went 10 for 14 in three-pointers and also finished with a double-double adding 10 rebounds.
  • Sophomore Rashad Smith (Hamilton HS) fell short of a triple-double as he finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
  • Sophomore Jordan Robinson (Tucson HS) came up short on a double-double as he posted 14 points with nine assists and five rebounds. Sophomore Cole Gerken (Ironwood Ridge HS) added eight points and six rebounds.
  • The Aztecs led 48-42 at halftime and outscored the Apaches (5-2, 0-1) 43-36 for the second half.

The Aztecs hit the road again on Saturday when they play at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher. Tip-Off is set for 7:30 p.m.

PCC   48   43   91
CC     42   36   78