The Southside Virginia Community College mens’ basketball team topped Central International College (Richmond) 93-89 on Saturday afternoon to improve to 9-6 on the season.

The local team trailed 36-32 at the halftime break but got it going early in the second half as a 3-point play by Michael Jackson gave SVCC a 40-36 lead at the 18:32 mark.

SVCC guard Justin Williams was able to get past Central International College’s TJ Durham on this drive to the hoop in action from the local team’s 93-89 victory on Saturday afternoon. (SVCC photo)SVCC, the three-time defending USA National Postgrad champions, increased its lead to 54-45 on a dunk by Justin Williams at the 13:26 mark.

Two free-throws by Joshua McClure gave SVCC a 70-64 lead with 8:28 to play before CIC rallied to take the lead on a short jumper at the 6:17 mark.

The Panthers trailed by as many as five with five minutes to go but McClure drained a trey to close the gap to 85-83 with 2:51 left.

Another bucket by McClure gave SVCC an 87-86 lead with 2:05 to play and the local team hit 4 of 6 from the charity stripe over the final 34 seconds to seal the win.

Jackson led SVCC with 20 points and 17 rebounds while McClure scored 18 points and added 13 rebounds. 

Trey Brandon tallied 16 points and added four assists while KJ Reagans finished with 13 points and added three steals.

Williams totaled 12 points and five assists in the victory.

Jevin Stewart led CIC with 24 points.

SVCC’s game against the College of Southern Maryland on Sunday was postponed due to icy travel conditions.

The local team will hit the road on Saturday for a contest against VCCS foe Thomas Nelson CC in Hampton.