MCC men win over Kirkwood on late shot

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Marshalltown Community College mens’ basketball team faced a one-point deficit with the clock running down in the second half on Wednesday night against Kirkwood Community College.

Down 73-72, the Tigers needed a score to avoid falling for the third time this season, and when the team needed him most, freshman Oscar Kao stepped up big.

Kao drove the land and flipped up a layup that would give MCC the lead for good, knocking off the Eagles 74-73 and improving to 8-2 on the year.

Tigers head coach Brynjar Brynjarsson said his guys could have avoided being down had they taken care of the ball better, but overall it was a good win against a tough team.

“Tonight we played good team basketball,” Brynjarsson said. “We turned the ball over a few too many times tonight but overall it was a good team effort. It was good to see that with a game on the line our guys didn’t flinch, and were able to succeed under pressure.”

Kao finished the night with 17 points and a 6-for-11 shooting mark from the floor. Mohamed Thiam once again led the Tigers in points with 25 while also snagging seven rebounds.

Eduardo Lane also went 6-for-11 from the field to score his 12 points, and he chipped in 12 boards.

MCC as a team shot 50 percent on the night, including 10-for-19 from the 3-point line.

Kirkwood actually led in points off turnovers, second chance points and points in the paint, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Eagles (5-3) over the Tigers.

Marshalltown tries to make it three-straight next Tuesday when it hosts State Fair Community College at the Student Acitivity Center, starting at 7 p.m.