It was another high-scoring affair Tuesday for the State Fair Roadrunners as they beat MCC-Penn Valley 88-76 at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
“We scored it at times pretty easily, but we’ve got to get better,” said Roadrunners coach Kevin Thomas said. “There’s still a lot of things that we’ve got to correct like hitting the right passes and getting it to the right guys at the right time.”
It was the first time this season SFCC didn’t score at least 99 points.
The Roadrunners turned the ball over 17 times and Penn Valley turned those into 11 points, but the Roadrunners were able to play fast and knock down 48 percent of their shots.
Ronnie Rousseau III was on fire for the Roadrunners, scoring 21 points.
His steal and jumper gave SFCC an 11-8 lead with 15:45 remaining in the first half.
His layup with 16:50 remaining in the game extended SFCC’s lead to 54-40. He knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing a couple of minutes later to make it 62-48.
Clint Robinson provided some high flying action with a few dunks, including an alley-oop from Joshua Bailey with 17:06 remaining in the game to give SFCC a 52-40 lead.
Robinson’s one-handed slam got SFCC within 6-5 early on. Almost a minute before the alley-oop, Willie Jimerson Jr. fed Robinson inside for a two-handed dunk. Robinson added another two-handed dunk with 8:06 remaining in the game to give SFCC a 72-60 lead.
Robinson scored a game-high 24 points.
“Clint gave us some inside presence, which we desperately need,” Thomas said.
While SFCC was making plays on offense, so was Penn Valley to keep within reach of the Roadrunners.
“That’s a sign of a young team,” Thomas said. “We don’t have that killer instinct yet to put teams away.”
SFCC led by 10 about midway through the first half, but Penn Valley tied it up at 29 apiece with a 3-pointer off a steal with 5:38 remaining in the first half.
With 16:50 remaining in the game, SFCC led by 14 before Penn Valley’s Watler Sorrells made a 3-pointer from the top of the key. About a minute later, the Scouts were within nine of SFCC.
Penn Valley was within nine with about three minutes remaining, but Bailey hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with 2:41 remaining and added a layup shortly after to give SFCC an 83-69 lead.
Bailey ended up with 18 points, making 4-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Jimerson Jr. added 10 points for SFCC.
The Roadrunners (5-0) will host Allen County CC at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.