Murphy scores 28 points as Aztecs men's basketball sizzle passed Scottsdale CC

Sophomore Isaiah Murphy scored a game-high 28 points on 9 for 12 shooting and 7 for 8 from three-point range. The Aztecs have won nine straight and 18 of their last 19 games. They are now 23-2 overall and 15-2 in ACCAC conference play. Photo by Ben Carbajal
Sophomore Isaiah Murphy scored a game-high 28 points on 9 for 12 shooting and 7 for 8 from three-point range. The Aztecs have won nine straight and 18 of their last 19 games. They are now 23-2 overall and 15-2 in ACCAC conference play. Photo by Ben Carbajal

The Pima Community College men's basketball team (23-2, 15-2 in ACCAC) scorched the basket to start the game and went on to earn its ninth straight win on Saturday over Scottsdale Community College (10-15, 5-12).

The No. 5 ranked Aztecs started 8 for 12 in three-pointers and 12 for 18 in the first half as they beat the Artichokes 111-71 to earned their 18th victory in 19 games.

The Aztecs took a 65-32 lead at the break and went 22 for 33 (67 percent) from the field in the half.

The Aztecs were led by sophomore Isaiah Murphy (Cienega HS), who finished with a game-high 28 points on 9 for 12 shooting and 7 for 8 from three-point range. Freshman Abram Carrasco (Cholla HS) was also ablaze on the court as he scored 21 points on 9 for 11 shooting and 6 for 7 from long range.

Sophomore Justin Bessard scored 15 points with nine rebounds, four blocks and three steals off the bench. Sophomore Alize Travis scored 13 points on 4 for 6 shooting with seven assists while freshman Jeremiah Bailey had a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds off the bench.

The win also gave Brian Peabody the most victories he's had in a single season as Pima's head coach.

The Aztecs swept the Artichokes in their regular season head-to-head meetings. The Aztecs won a tight game 101-99 last month in Scottsdale.

The Aztecs will face a tough test on Wednesday when they play at Cochise College (Division I) at 7:30 p.m. in Douglas. Pima won 87-84 last month at the West Campus Gym.

SCC     32     39      71
PCC     65     46     111