RIVERSIDE -- Unleashing a club-record-setting flurry of three-pointers the likes of which haven't been seen in recent memory, the Riverside City College (RCC) Tigers men's basketball team posted a 96-57 non-conference home court victory over the visiting Barstow College Vikings Friday night (Dec. 16) at legendary Arthur N. Wheelock Gymnasium.
Riverside City (12-4 overall), which trailed, 44-42, with 16:54 left in the game, went on a 43-4 run over a span of 10:13 for an 85-46 lead with 6:41 remaining. RCC's biggest lead was 96-51 with 2:16 to play. RCC led, 39-33, at halftime.
The Tigers made 13 field goals in the first half, including 11 treys (in 29 attempts) and finished with 34 field goals (in 88 attempts, 38.6%), including 24 three-pointers in 61 attempts (39.3%). The previous RCC standard for three-point field goals made was 17 against Golden West in 2002 and 17 against Snow College (Utah) in 2001. The previous RCC record for three-point attempts was 47 against Santa Monica in 1995.
More recently, RCC made as many as 13 three-pointers in game twice last season (2015-16).
RCC sophomore guard Andy Cleaves II (Riverside / John W. North HS '14) came off the bench to pump in a game-high 24 points on nine of 15 field goals, including seven of 12 on threes. Cleaves' "magnificient seven" was one shy of tying the RCC individual mark of eight which was set by four Tigers, the last of which was by Dennis Coutee versus Rio Hondo in 2001.
RCC freshman guard Andre Wilson (Jurupa Valley - Patriot HS '16) was next with 23 points, including six treys. Freshman forward William McQuay (Moreno Valley / Canyon Springs HS '14) had a team-high 13 rebounds for RCC.
For Barstow (4-8 overall), sophomore guard Jordan Rogers Garcia (Valencia, SPAIN) had a team-high 13 points and ten rebounds for the Vikings.
Also almost lost in the flurry of three-pointers was the fact that RCC won its twelfth game of the season, tying the total set last season when the Tigers finished 12-16 overall.
The Tigers will be idle until Tuesday, Jan. 3, when they visit the Ventura College Pirates in a non-conference game. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.