The Montgomery County Community College Mustangs men's basketball team lost 66-77 to the Division II Mercer County Community College Vikings Thursday night.
Freshman Greg Mendrzycki put the Mustangs on the board early on with a game-opening three point shot, but the Vikings were quick to recover and secured a single digit lead early on. Soon the Vikings boasted a hefty 20 point lead and maintained it through the remainder of the first half.
The Mustangs stepped onto the court after half time at a 30-51 deficit, but were not beaten down yet. The home team battled hard and slowly began to eat away at the Vikings' lead. With 1:12 left, the Mustangs had cut the lead in half, trailing only 61-71.
Mustangs Head Coach Denny Surovec used up all his timeouts in a late-game effort to steal the win. However, the team was unable to pull off the upset and left the court with a 66-77 loss.
Leading the Mustangs in points were Mendrzycki and freshman Tyreek Magruder with 13 points each. Mendrzycki also led the team in rebounds with eight, along with freshman Darryl Foye who also collected eight. Sophomores Jah'lil Williams and Darnell Clowney also had solid games, scoring nine and eight points respectively.
The men's basketball team sponsored its annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Night. The team has been collecting canned goods, non-perishable food items and cash donations to benefit the Delaware Valley hunger support network known as Philabundance.
Philabundance provides food to approximately 65,000 people per week through a network of over 500 member agencies, including food kitchens, food cupboards, senior centers and community organizations. Food poverty and food insecurity is present in every community and currently affects close to one million families, seniors and children throughout the Delaware Valley.