CEDAR RAPIDS - Despite turning the ball over 27 times, the Marshalltown Community College men's basketball team remained unbeaten Wednesday after five guys scored in double-figures during a 71-56 victory over Kirkwood Community College.
Jamal Gatali finished with a game-high 14 points and also had five rebounds, while Troidell Carter added 10 points and 14 rebounds in the win. The Tigers, now 11-0 on the season, turned it over 27 times, but sunk five 3-pointers and out-rebounded the Eagles 47-29.
"It was a great team effort tonight, and the key stat was the rebounding," MCC coach Brynjar Brynjarsson said. "The effort on the glass was key tonight."
The Tigers built a 10-point lead in the first half before foul trouble and some sloppy play down the stretch allowed Kirkwood to close to within two at the break.
The balanced scoring though allowed the Tigers to pull away in the second half. MCC grabbed a 20-point lead with six minutes to play and then finished off the Eagles with some late free throws and a couple of layups. The Tigers were just 4-of-11 from the line in the first half but made 8-of-9 in the final 20 minutes.
"We shared the ball really well tonight," Brynjarsson said. "It's great to see us score just 71 points but have five guys in double figures."
Chris Caird had 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Tigers, while Rahiem Holloway added 12 points and four rebounds and Matej Delinac contributed 12 points and five boards.
"We'll need to fine tune some things offensively as far as the turnovers go, but that will just make us a better team in the end," Brynjarsson said.
Shaun Manego led Kirkwood (5-4) with 10 points, while Devan Douglas and Gage Heffernan each had nine points in the loss.
The Tigers next play at Ellsworth Community College on Dec. 5. That game in Iowa Falls will begin at 7:30 p.m.