The Pratt Community College men's basketball team returned to the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena to host Neosho County Community College. The Beavers faced a tough test in a much longer, much taller Neosho team. Pratt gained the lead early in the second half and never looked back on the way to a 90-70 win.
PCC rushed out to an early nine point lead against Neosho in the first half. Neosho found their offense and overtook the Beavers taking the lead with five minutes left to play in the first half. Tyvon Taylor hit a three pointer for the Blue and White at the end of the half, but Pratt trailed 38-40 at the half.
After a back and forth early start to the second half, Pratt gained the lead at the 15 minute mark and never looked back. The Beavers used their quickness to their advantage to negate the height advantage of Neosho. In the rebound battle, PCC brought down 42 rebounds to Neosho's 40. The Blue and White forced 17 Neosho turnovers for 20 points off of turnovers in the game.
A balanced attack worked for PCC as six players reached double digit scoring. Dawson Gunter finished with 11 points and led the Blue and White in assists with six. Jaylon Wilson ended the game with 10 points, six rebounds and two assists. Tyvon Taylor and AJ Banks came off the bench for 11 points and 10 points. Devin Marsh just missed a double-double. He finished the game with 17 points, eight rebounds and a steal.
Player of the game goes to Pratt's Asem Johnson. Johnson led all scorers with 23 points, 7 rebounds, two steals and an assist.
As a team, the Blue and White have won five consecutive home games. The Beavers improve to 11-13 on the year and 8-12 in the KJCCC.
PCC men's basketball hits the road for a game in Colby, Kan. against Colby Community College on Feb. 10. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.