VISALIA, Calif. - Twelfth-ranked Fresno City College rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit, picking up its 23rd win of the season with an 83-73 win at rival College of the Sequoias on Saturday night while also delivering Ed Madec his milestone 400th career win as a head coach.
Madec, who led Fresno (23-6, 12-2) to its state-record 16th straight Central Valley Conference championship with its 101-64 win over Porterville on Wednesday, is 317-57 in his 11 years coaching the Rams after going 83-38 leading College of the Siskiyous.
The 400th win didn't come easy for Madec whose Rams trailed COS 43-35 at halftime and then went down 46-35 less than a minute into the second half when Connor Tuttle drilled a three-pointer for the Giants. But Morgan Cole's three-point play started a 15-2 Fresno run that put them in front, 50-48, with 14 minutes to go.
College of the Sequoias (12-16, 6-8) regained the lead briefly but Tyus Millhollin's trey with 12:42 to play put Fresno in the lead for good, 53-52. That started a 13-0 surge – part of a 22-6 run overall – that made it 63-52 midway through the second half. The Rams led by as many as 15 points and were not seriously threatened the rest of the way.
Isaiah Johnson had a big first half for the Giants, scoring 14 points, including hitting a trio of three-pointers to help them take their eight-point halftime lead. COS led by as much as 39-27 in the opening 20 minutes.
Millhollin and Morgan each scored 23 points for Fresno while Morgan grabbed seven rebounds to tie Fred Lavender for team-high honors. Johnson finished with 20 points for the Giants while Austin Armstead (15), Bobby Kazar (12) and Zac Nuttall (10) also hit double-figures.