ehind a dominant second half where the Odessa College men's basketball held visiting New Mexico Junior College to 21 points, the Wranglers were able to clinch a share of the top seed in the WJCAC standings.
Odessa College extended its win streak to eight games with a 77-46 victory while keeping its home record unblemished at 10-0 Monday night at the OC Sports Center.
The Wranglers close out the regular season hosting a marquee game against South Plains College at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The winner clinches the conference title and No. 1 seed.
After a slow start, the Wranglers jumped out a seven-point lead after Adrean Johnson knocked down a 3-pointer with 13:30 in the first half.
"I thought we got off to a little better start. We weren't down like we have been before," Odessa College head coach Kris Baumann said. "We're just kind of a slow-starting team and then we kind of kick into gear."
Early in the second half, the Wranglers (24-5 overall, 13-2 WJCAC) put together an 8-0 run to extend their lead to 17 points.
The run came to an end after New Mexico Junior College's Gideon George made two free throws with 17:05 remaining.
Anthony Johnson hit a 3-pointer that sparked a 7-0 run for Odessa College, which increased its lead to 22 points.
Odessa College got 41 points from its bench while it out-rebounded the Thunderbirds, 45-38.
Deion Rhea led New Mexico Junior College (20-9, 9-6) with 14 points while George added 13.
The win avenges a 68-66 loss to New Mexico Junior College the Wranglers suffered back on Jan. 24 in Hobbs, N.M.
"It feels good coming back and bouncing back," Reese said. "We started off a little slow. We just came together as a team and handled business."
ARTICLE BY- PETER DINDINGER: ODESSA AMERICAN
PHOTO BY- TONY VENGAS: ODESSA AMERICAN