ROCHESTER - The MCC men's basketball team built a lead as large as 16 and held on down the stretch to defeat Cecil College 86-80 in the opener of the sixth annual Murph Shapiro Classic Saturday evening.
Majesty Brandon led the way with 24 points and Wes Nelson Jr. flirted with a triple-double for the Tribunes (3-1), who will take on Mohawk Valley on Sunday. MCC will be looking to avenge a loss to the Hawks last weekend.
Brandon had 15 as Monroe took shot 58 percent from the field and took a 46-37 lead into the locker room. MCC led 68-52 after a Keith King dunk with 9:48 remaining.
The Seahawks chipped away and stayed within single digits, but Monroe was able to put it away.