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Matadors win conference opener!

AWC outlasts Central Arizona thanks to 2nd half surge

AWC's Daniel Kiely scores late 1st half basket.

Coming off a historic 2018-19 season; which included a 1st time appearance in the NJCAA Tournament, AWC Men's basketball is riding an early season tide of momentum.

Coming into tonight's ACCAC season opener, the Matadors are riding a 4-game winning streak and looking to get off to a fast start in conference play at home.

It would be anything but easy against a formidable Central Arizona squad.

The 1st half would prove to be a slug-fest, as neither team could build much of a lead; as this part of the game experienced a total of 19 lead changes with the Mats trailing by a single point at the half.

AWC would start the 2nd with a 14-2 run in an effort to try to put the game away.

But, the Vaqueros would capitalize on their 3 point shooting to pull within 4 points with a minute remaining; before the Mats held them off to come away with the 79-74 win.

The Mats Jalen Townsell and Daniel Kiely put up the bulk of the offense in this one, as each of them finished with 20 points on the night.

Rob Fram

Rob Fram rejoined the KYMA News Team in February 2010.

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