Cougars hold on to beat Mohawk Valley

The Genesee Community College men's basketball team held on to beat visiting Mohawk Valley Community College on Saturday afternoon, 75-72.

The Cougars built a double-digit lead in the first half and took a 36-22 advantage into the break.

Mohawk Valley responded in the second half and eventually trimmed the Cougars lead to single-digits.

Leading 60-54, Malik Brown scored four-straight GCC points to up the lead to ten, with five minutes left in the second period. Later in the half, Vaughn Boler converted a three-point play with 3:30 left, to keep GCC in front, 67-58.

Mohawk Valley kept battling late, and an Alexshay Pearce three-pointer cut the Genesee lead to just three with ten seconds to play.

The Cougars were able to hit a couple of free-throws in the closing seconds, and held on for the win.

Boler finished with a game high 24 points and also grabbed seven rebounds. E.J. Blackwell added 15 points and six assists, Terryl Coombs chipped in 13 points and nine boards and Donte Meredith added eight points.

Genesee improves to 5-3 on the season and will host Niagara College (Canada) on Thursday night at 8pm.