The Saddleback men's basketball team opened the home schedule on Friday night with a 58-31 win over Southwestern College. The Gauchos stifled the Jaguars with intense defense.
Saddleback opened up a big lead in the first half, heading into the locker room with a 27-8 lead. Southwestern couldn't by a basket, shooting just 15% from the field in the opening half. T.J. Shorts led Saddleback in the opening half, scoring seven points while dishing out three assists.
Southwestern finally made a run to start the second half as Saddleback fell into a cold spell. The Jaguars narrowed the lead to 31-25 as Richard Grove found his range from downtown.
Saddleback then righted the ship, going on a big run to put the game out of reach. The Gauchos went on a 27-6 run over the final 10 minutes, emptying the bench against the Jaguars.
Saddleback improved to 7-2 with the win while Southwestern dropped to 2-9 on the year. The Gauchos will play next on December 7 in the 45th annual Riverside Holiday Tournament. Saddleback will tip off at 1:00 PM against the winner of East Los Angeles and Victor Valley, who play on the 6th of December.