Information provided by Pima’s media relations department:
The No. 9-ranked Pima Community College men’s basketball team (11-3) returned to the West Campus Gym from the holiday break on Monday to open play in the Aztec Classic and the Aztecs rallied in the second half to beat the College of Southern Nevada 91-87.
The Aztecs held on to an 88-87 lead with 1:16 left. After a missed shot by the Coyotes, freshman Itury Kitt collected the defensive rebound. Sophomore Chrishon Dixon was fouled and hit two free throws with 28.3 seconds left to make it 90-87. The Coyotes missed another three-point attempt and Dixon went to the line and hit another foul shot to seal it.
The Aztecs trailed the entire first half and were down by as many as 17 points (41-24). They trailed 48-36 at the break.
Down 73-56 with 11:42 left, the Aztecs went on a 22-4 run to take their first lead of the game at 78-77 with 4:56 remaining. Pima’s biggest lead was 88-82 with around two minutes left.
Dixon finished with a game-high 29 points and secured a double-double with 11 assists. He was 8 for 15 from the field and 4 for 7 from three-point range. He also went 9 for 10 from the free throw line. Dixon scored 21 points in the second half.
Freshman Traivar Jackson finished with 28 points after going 13 for 20 from the field. He added six rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
The Aztecs return to the Aztec Gymnasium on Tuesday to play Dawson Community College (13-1) at 6:00 p.m.
The Buccaneers, who are from Glendrive, Mont., beat Central Arizona College 85-68 on Monday. Dawson forced 30 turnovers and had 17 offensive rebounds.
Jalen Tot led Dawson with 20 points (4-of-6 from 3-point range), seven rebounds and three steals. Kennedy Brown contributed 16 points and eight rebounds. Michael Jok had 15 points, seven rebounds, six assists and six steals.