The Raiders placed three other players in double figures, as Tyron Criswell scored 19, while Dean Hollins-Johnson and David Plain added 17 and 12 points, respectively.
Hollins wasn’t intimidated by the fact that Cincinnati State came into the game as the top seed. In fact, he thought the previous competition actually helped them win the game.
“We just treated it like a regular game, and we played several top Division I juco teams this season, so we were ready for them,” Hollins said.
With the win, Central Community College moves to 23-10 and will advance to the semifinals this evening against Phoenix College. The Raiders also were very effective from the free throw line, connecting on 22-of-28 of their attempts.
Cincinnati State, who falls to 25-4 overall, will play this afternoon at 3 p.m. in an elimination game against Fort Scott, who was defeated by Phoenix College 62-57. The Surge was led in scoring by Bell and Winston Grays, who each scored 20 points.