ROCHESTER - Niagara County Community College came through with some big shots down the stretch to earn a 79-74 victory over Monroe Community College in a Western New York Athletic Conference men's basketball contest Saturday afternoon.
The loss was the first conference defeat of the season for the Tribunes (6-1, 13-4). The ThunderWolves move to 3-4 in the WNYAC and 13-8 overall.
Monroe led by as many as 13 in the second half when Niagara began to chip away. The lead see-sawed back and forth before Najee Scott connected on a 3 to give the Wolves a 70-67 edge with 2:12 remaining.
After a pair of missed MCC free throws, Donel Cathcart scored two of his game-high 22 to push the lead to five. Majesty Brandon got Monroe back into it, converting a pair of acrobatic layups to cut the deficit to one at 72-71.
But another missed free throw led to a Laterrance Reed 3-pointer to restore a four-point Niagara lead. Scott followed with a pair of free throws to make it 77-71.
Ryan Beckles gave Monroe one last hope as he connected on one of his six 3-pointers to cut the lead back to three with five seconds left. But Scott sank two more from the charity stripe on the ensuing possession to ice the game.