Smith scores 25 points as Aztecs men's basketball goes 3-0 at Aztec Winter Classic

Sophomore Rashad Smith scored 25 points on 9 for 12 shooting to go along with eight assists and six rebounds as the Aztecs men's basketball team defeated Colorado Northwestern Community College 97-94 to finish 3-0 at the Aztec Winter Classic. The Aztecs are now 10-4 overall. Photo by Stephanie Van Latum
Sophomore Rashad Smith scored 25 points on 9 for 12 shooting to go along with eight assists and six rebounds as the Aztecs men's basketball team defeated Colorado Northwestern Community College 97-94 to finish 3-0 at the Aztec Winter Classic. The Aztecs are now 10-4 overall. Photo by Stephanie Van Latum

The Pima Community College men's basketball team (10-4) escaped with a victory in the final day of the Aztec Winter Classic on Monday.

  • The Aztecs defeated Colorado Northwestern Community College 97-94 to finish 3-0 for the invitational.
  • After sophomore Cole Gerken (Ironwood Ridge HS) went 1 for 2 from the line, the Aztecs called timeout with 10.7 seconds left. The Pima defense forced a contested three-pointer in the corner that missed the rim as time expired.
  • The Aztecs trailed the Spartans 88-86 with 2:38 left. The Aztecs took advantage of the Spartans' miscues as they put together a 7-0 run to retake the lead. Coming out of the timeout, freshman Jake Lieppert (Saguaro HS) hit a three-pointer to make it 89-88. Sophomore Kaylon Tippins (Cholla HS) went 1 for 2 from the foul line and Lieppert drained another three-ball to make it 93-88 with under a minute remaining.
  • Sophomore Rashad Smith led the way with a team-high 25 points on 9 for 12 shooting to go along with eight assists and six rebounds. Lieppert finished with 21 points and four steals.
  • Sophomore Nick Rosquist (The Gregory School) drained six 3-pointers and finished with 18 points off the bench.
  • Gerken also finished in double figures with 10 points, five assists and two steals. Tippins fell short of a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds.

The Aztecs get back to ACCAC conference play on Saturday at Mesa Community College. Tipoff is set for 4:00 p.m.

CNCC   43   51   94
PCC      49   48   97