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PC dodges bullet vs. winless IVC, hosts MC Fri.
IMPERIAL (1-29-2016) --
Coach John O'Neill's Palomar men's basketball squad
dodged a bullet vs. winless Imperial Valley on
Wednesday night, winning a Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference cross-division game 62-58 at the DePaoli
Ryan Schaefer (left) scored 20 points as the Comets
moved to 14-9 on the season. Deven Riley and Spencer
Benson joined Schaefer in double figures.
Matt Duniphan (right) hauled in 13 rebounds for
Palomar while scoring eight points.
The Comets can take a huge step toward a possible
second-place finish in the PCAC North, plus keep
their title hopes alive, when they host rival
MiraCosta in the first game of a doubleheader at 5
In the second game, the PC women's team will host
No. 1-ranked Mt. San Jacinto.
Comets fall short in 2nd half as
DIEGO (1-29-2016) --
The Palomar men's basketball squad went on the road
and dropped a 66-53 Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference North Division decision to San Diego Mesa
on Friday night.
Palomar trailed by two points at the half 33-31, but
the Jets drew away in the second half, during which
they outscored the Comets 33-22.
Matt Duniphan (left) led Palomar (13-9, 2-2) with 19
points and eight rebounds. Ryan Schaefer also scored
in double figures with 12 points. Kevin Hardyway
added eight points.
Stefan Zivkovic had 21 points and 10 boards to lead
State No. 6 Eagles take over PCAC North lead
MARCOS (1-27-2016) --
Visiting Mt. San Jacinto College, ranked No. 3 in
Southern California and No. 6 in the state, traded
places with Palomar atop the Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference North Division on Wednesday night in The
The Eagles (20-4, 2-1) won 73-52, taking over the
conference lead and dropping the Comets (13-8, 2-1)
into second place.
Spencer Benson (left) led Palomar with 14 points as
he went 4-for-8 from the floor, 2-for-4 on
3-pointers and 4-for-5 from the free throw line.
Matt Duniphan tallied nine points for the Comets,
who shot only 26.3 percent from the floor in the
first half and 36.6 percent for the game. Ryan
Schaefer and Deven Riley each added eight points.
Duniphan dished off a game-high four assists.
Ryan Schaefer's jumper 3 minutes,
17 seconds into the game puts Palomar in front of
Grossmont 9-0. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
PC goes 2-0 in North with
win over Grossmont
SAN MARCOS (1-22-2016) --
Runs of 9-0 to begin the game and 20-0 in a
5-minute, 53-second span in the second half sparked
Palomar to a 69-66 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
North Division men's basketball victory over
Grossmont on Friday night at The Dome.
Two lay-ins by Matt Duniphan,
Spencer Benson's 3-point basket and Ryan Schaefer's
jumper gave Palomar the early nine-point lead out of
the starting blocks. Grossmont battled back and the
teams made several lead changes before the Comets
went up 31-29 at halftime on Schaefer's 3-pointer
wth 5 second showing on the clock.
The Griffins then went on a 10-0
run to begin the second half, going on top 39-31.
But the Comets answered with 20 unanswered points,
with Deven Riley contributing 14 of them, and retook
the lead at 51-39. The G-House was unable to
completely recover after that.
Palomar, which had made only
2-of-8 first-half free throws, converted 12 attempts
from the foul line down the stretch to hold onto the
lead despite a late surge by the visitors that
finally got the Griffins back to three points on
Marcos Meza's 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Riley led the Comets with 19
points on the night. Duniphan and Schaefer each
scored 16 points, and Kevin Hardyway added 13
points. Reid Bohanan contributed eight rebounds.
Palomar (13-7, 2-0) took over the
early undisputed lead in the North Division over
state No. 7-ranked Mt. San Jacinto, which notched a
93-75 victory over Southwestern in a cross-division
game and remains 1-0 in the division.
The Comets have an opportunity to
hold onto first place three games into the North
season by upsetting Mt. San Jacinto in a 7 p.m. game
on Wednesday at The Dome. The Eagles will come in
with an 18-4 overall record.
Comets blow out
Spartans in PCAC opener
Visiting Palomar fell behind rival MiraCosta by one
point at halftime on Wednesday evening, then blew
out the Spartans 72-51 with a big second half in a
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North men's basketball
The Comets unloaded on
MiraCosta in the second half 48-26 as Deven Riley
(left), Ryan Schaefer (right) and Spencer
Bentoncombined for 37 points over the final 19
Riley, Palomar's leading
scorer with 19 points on the night, and Schaefer (18
points for the game) led the Comets in the second
half. Riley scored 12 points in the second half,
going 6-for-7 from the free throw line. Schaefer was
8-for-8 from the line in the second half as he
scored 12 points. Benton knocked down four
second-half 3-pointers in scoring 13 of his 16
points after intermission.
Palomar (12-6, 1-0) went on a 20-12 run
in an 8 1/2-minute stretch to begin the second half.
Matt Dunipan put the Comets ahead to stay on a layup
with 14:03 to play.
Riley led the winners in
assists with five. Duniphan and Schaefer, each
with seven rebounds, Reid Bohanan (six rebounds),
and Riley and Carston Nyenhuis (each with five) led
the way as Palomar built a 37-27 advantage on the
Riley's defensive play kept
the Spartans' top player, Buddha Boyd, in check for
most of the evening before Boyd did finally broke
lose for nine of his 10 second-half points in an
eight-minute span after the game had gotten out of
The Comets will return to The
Dome to play Grossmont on Friday at 6 p.m.
Nyenhuis takes a charge in Friday night's 51-49
victory over San Diego City College at The Dome.
Deven Riley knocks down a jumper for the game-winner
with 30 seconds left in the game. -- Photos by Hugh
PC holds off SD City at end
of bizarre 2nd half
SAN MARCOS (1-15-2016) --
Palomar imploded in the second half against San
Diego City College's Southern Division men's
basketball favorites on Friday night, then recovered
to beat the Knights 51-49 on Deven Riley's jumper
with 30 seconds left in the game.
The Comets, breezing by 19 points
at 47-28 midway through the second half in the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference cross-division
match-up at The Dome, suddenly could do nothing
right for 10 1/2 minutes. City College went on a
19-2 run and pulled even at 49-49 with 1:31
remaining on a free throw by 7-foot center Leonard
Palomar had gone scoreless for 9
minutes, 14 seconds before Ryan Schaefer finally
knocked down a jump shot with 40 seconds to play.
After Riley scored what turned
out to be the winning basket, and following a
defensive rebound by Dakota Orr with 4.4 seconds
left, a missed front end of a one-on-one and a City
College rebound, the Knights' Taylor Nelson missed
what would have been a 3-point buzzer beater.
Schaefer (15 points), Riley (12
points) and Spencer Benson (12 points) scored in
double figures for the Comets, while Allen led City
College with 16 points.
Palomar advanced to 11-7, while
City fell to 13-7. The Comets will open Northern
Division play next Wednesday at MiraCosta at 5 p.m.
Deven Riley takes the ball in to
score for Palomar in Wednesday night's 90-85 Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference cross-division game at
Southwestern. Riley finished with 30 points and 12
rebounds in a dominant performance, while Marlon
Cort led the Jaguars to the victory with 26 points
and 12 boards. -- Photo by Russell Scoffin,
Jaguars overcome big night
by Comets' Riley
CHULA VISTA (1-13-2016) --
Sophomore guard Deven Riley had a huge
night for the Palomar men's basketball team on
Wednesday night, but Southwestern held off a late
run by the visiting Comets to win the teams' Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference cross-division game 90-85.
Fortunately for the Comets,
cross-division games don't count in the PCAC
standings, and the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
Northern Division season doesn't begin until next
Wednesday, when coach John O'Neill takes his squad
on the road to face rival MiraCosta.
Riley finished with 30 points and
12 rebounds, going 9-for-15 from the field and
11-for-15 from the free throw stripe. Spencer Belson
scored 17 points, going 7-for-13 from the field,
before fouling out with 15 seconds remaining in the
Matt Duniphan had a big second
half for the Comets and had 16 points and 13
rebounds on the night. It was the fifth
double-double in Palomar's last six games for
Duniphan, who had a 7-for-10 shooting night.
Duniphan scored 14 of his 16 points in the second
half, when he pulled down 10 of his 13 rebounds.
Ryan Schaefer also was in double
figures for Palomar (10-7) with 14 points.
The Comets knocked down 52.6
percent of their shots for the game (30-for-57),
including 55.6 percent in the first half, after
which they trailed the Jaguars (11-7) by six points
Southwestern (11-7), which was
led by Marlon Cort's 26 points and 12 rebounds, shot
50 percent for the first half, the second half and
Palomar will return home to host
San Diego City College, favorite team in the
Southern Division, on Friday at 6 p.m. at The Dome
in the Comets' final tuneup before division play.
Schaefer's 3's down stretch
lift PC past Mesa
DIEGO (1-08-2016) -- Ryan Schaefer (left) scored 17 of his 20 points in
the second half Friday night as he led Palomar to a
hard-fought 67-61 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
cross-division men's basketball victory over an
improved San Diego Mesa team on the road.
Schaefer knocked down four of his
five 3-pointers on the night during a 6-minute,
55-second binge in the second half during which he
accounted for 15 of Palomar's 18 points. Still, the
Comets couldn't shake the Olympians and it took a
Matt Duniphan lay-up off Spencer Benson's assist
with 45 seconds to play to finally put coach John
O'Neill's squad in front for good.
With Duniphan in early foul
trouble, Carston Nyenhuis (above right) scored 11 of
his 13 points on the night in the first half,
including four quick buckets at the hoop in a
3-minute, 45-second span, as he helped the Comets
inch out to a 36-28 lead at intermission. Guard
Holden Hasket, who came off the bench to play just
five minutes during the game, had three quick
rebounds to help put Palomar in front at the half.
Duniphan, who sat out the last 11
minutes in the first half and 14 minutes in the
second half, both because of fouls, started the
second half by taking the ball to the basket for
three quick buckets in just over two minutes before
he picked up his fourth personal and went back to
Playing only 17 of the game's 40
minutes, Duniphan finished with eight points and a
team-high six rebounds, breaking a streak of four
straight double-double performances. He took three
charges on the night before scoring what turned out
to be the winning basket -- and barely avoided
Schaefer (five), Deven Riley
(four) and Benson (three) also stepped up in a big
way by rebounding from their guard positions.
Benson added nine points, Riley
eight and Reid Bohanan six points. Benson, playing
most of the night at the point, dished off six
Sohn Walker led a bigger,
athletic Mesa team with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Palomar (10-6), which has won
five of its last six games, will return to PCAC
cross-division action on Wednesday of next week when
the Comets travel to Southwestern, and Friday, when
they return home to host Southern Division favorite
San Diego City College.
Matt Duniphan scores to put
Palomar in front against Cuyamaca 29-26 early in the
second half on Wednesday night at The Dome. The
Comets came back from a 26-25 halftime deficit to
blow out the Coyotes 75-55. Duniphan had a fourth
consecutive double-double with 19 points and 12
rebounds. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Comets bury Coyotes under
barrage of threes
SAN MARCOS (1-06-2016) --
Matt Duniphan's fourth straight double-double set
the stage for his Palomar basketball teammates, who
knocked down 10 straight 3-point shots in a 10
minutes and 22 seconds span in the second half to
rock Cuyamaca's world on Wednesday night.
Duniphan's 19 points and 12
rebounds, and the Comets' long-range shooting, set
the Coyotes packing 75-55 in the teams' PCAC
cross-division match-up in The Dome.
Leading by seven points with just
under 13 minutes left in the game, Palomar blitzed
the visitors over the next 10:22 to go in front
71-48 with 2 minutes, 18 seconds to play. The 30
points came on consecutive 3-point buckets by
Spencer Benson, Kevin Hardaway, Hardaway again,
Hardaway once again, Ryan Schaefer, Hardaway yet
again, Schaefer again, Benson again, Benson once
again and Hardaway for the fifth time in the run.
Hardaway finished the night
6-for-9 from the field, 5-for-8 from behind the
3-point arc. Belson was 5-for-9 shooting, 4-for-7
from behind the arc. Schaefer also drained four
3-pointers as Palomar made 14-of-32 treys on the
Joining Duniphan in double
figures: Hardaway (17 points), Benson (16 points),
Schaefer 12 points and Deven Riley 11 points before
fouling out. Duniphan and Reid Bohanan (10 boards)
combined for 22 of the Comets' 40 rebounds as
Palomar dominated Cuyamaca on the boards.
Schaefer passed off for five
assists, Rileh four and Benson three. Jeron
Satterfield went 6-for-6 on 3-pointers and led the
Coyotes with 18 points.
Palomar (9-6 on the season) will
visit San Diego Mesa on Friday at 5 p.m. in another
Duniphan is PCAC's Men's Athlete of
SAN DIEGO (1-04-2016) --
Palomar basketball player Matt Duniphan has been
selected by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference as
Men's Athlete of the Week for the week that ended
Duniphan, a sophomore 6-foot-8, 220-pound
forward/center out of Escondido High School, had
three consecutive double-doubles, scoring 49 points
and hauling in 44 rebounds, as the Comets won two of
three games in the Imperial Valley College Holiday
On the first night of the tournament, Duniphan led
the Comets to a 59-49 victory over Pasadena City
College with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
In the championship semifinals, he had 20 points, 14
rebounds, five assists and two blocks in a 63-54
loss to Los Angeles Harbor, going 8-for-12 from the
In the tournament's third-place game the final day,
Duniphan helped lead the Comets' to a 76-51 win over
PCAC Northern Division rival San Diego Miramar with
16 points and 16 rebounds. He was 7-for-12 shooting.
PC puts 5 in double figures, rolls over Miramar