WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The MSU-West Plains men’s basketball team punished Mineral Area from the perimeter in a Region 16 matchup on Saturday.
Ricky Torres torched the Cardinals for a game-high 28 points, including eight 3-pointers in the Grizzlies' 93-79 victory.
Johde Campbell added 19 points in triumph with five made shots from long range in the first half.
MSU-West Plains (18-3, 1-1) snapped a five-game losing streak to rival Mineral Area (15-4, 1-1), which will host a rematch on Jan. 31.
The Grizzles gained separation midway through the first half behind its effective fast-paced attack. Campbell created a 29-18 lead on his second 3-pointer with about nine minutes remaining.
Bobby Parker, who posted a team-high 17 points, scored from a variety of spots on the floor to keep Mineral Area close nearing halftime.
Campbell drilled his final 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds to play in the half, and capped an 8-0 run for a 50-38 MSU-West Plains edge.
Torres and Jamie Ahale exchanged threes on the opening sequence of the second half. Torres remained consistent from long range to help the home team keep a comfortable lead.
Kevin Hamlet provided 16 points, and Maurice Edwards added 14 for MAC. Ahale and Dmonta Harris each contributed 11 points.
The Grizzlies claimed a brief 20-point advantage on a one-handed flush by Torres with six minutes left in the contest.
Mineral Area worked the ball into the post to slowly narrow the margin down the stretch, but Torres sank back to back 3-pointers during the final minute to help secure the win.
Dontell Brown battled down low early to record 14 of his 18 points during the first half for MSU-West Plains. Radshad Davis also produced 18 points.
Roman Young made nine assists, and Ahale grabbed eight rebounds for the Cardinals, who return to action at home Monday against Lincoln Land.