ROCHESTER - A 20-6 run midway through the second half broke open a tie game and was the catalyst behind another MCC victory, as the Tribunes pulled away from Erie CC 81-72 in a Western New York Athletic Conference clash Thursday evening.
Monroe improves to 11-0 in the WNYAC and 21-3 overall. The eighth-ranked Tribunes host Niagara County CC at 3 p.m. Saturday in the regular season finale.
The teams were tied at 47 with 14:50 left in the game when MCC embarked on its game-changing run. It started with consecutive 3s from Izaha Jackson and Denzel Banks, and after an Erie triple, Jackson hit another 3 and a jumper to put Monroe up 58-50.
Banks followed with a layup. ShaQuan Bretoux then scored inside, knocked down a pair of free throws, and ended the run with a 3 as the Tribunes took command.
Erie cut the lead back to single digits late in the game, but could come no closer than eight down the stretch.
Jackson led a balanced attack with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Isaiah Davis hit four 3's and scored 14. Bretoux tallied 13 points and six boards.