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Men’s Basketball Team’s Strong First Half Not Enough to Contain No. 15 MCC

Men's basketball players gather around coach Terry George

The Genesee Community College men's basketball team traveled to Rochester to face the nation's No. 15 National Junior College Athletic Association D-II team and although the Cougars didn't upset the Tribunes they rallied twice - once in each half - with the first rally resulting in a four-point 39-35 half-time lead.

Another impressive second-half rally got the Cougars within a pair of scores late in the contest before falling 90-84 to No. 15 Monroe, who have been as high as No. 8 in recent national polls.

The nationally-ranked Tribunes were fast out of the gate and built a six-point lead, but Genesee was undaunted and quickly turned the tables from being down a pair of scores to leading by a pair.

Brian Fobbs sank a three to give the Cougars its first lead at 11-10 and Rahmel Thompson repeated the feat for a 14-10 lead and the Cougars never trailed the rest of the first half in building a lead as high as six points before intermission. Fobbs entered the game needing 18 points to surpass Dave Spiller's 1,058 career points to move to No. 9 on the GCC all-time scoring list and now has 1,062.

Genesee restored its game-high six-point lead with the second half's opening score, but the Tribunes responded and showed why they are a nationally-ranked team with an 11-0 run that resulted in a reverse in leads that found the Cougars down by three scores.

The Cougar deficit got as high as 16 in the game's final minutes, but a late 14-4 Genesee run brought the contest within two scores at 86-80 before the last points of the game favored MCC 6-4.

Thompson finished the contest as the team's leader in points with 26, while Fobbs was not far behind with 21 and had the team's only double-double performance with a team-high 14 rebounds. The 

Brandon Peters also hit double-digits with 16 points, while adding a team-high seven assists.

The Cougars next host Mercyhurst North East in Western New York Athletic Conference action on Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The game is available for online viewing at https://www.genesee.edu/home/event-streaming/streaming-channel-2/.