Mesa, AZ - Entering conference play, Mesa has had to battle to earn their undefeated status. The Coyotes Saturday afternoon gave Mesa another tough battle but the T-Birds prevailed, 71-59.
It was a one point game, 26-25, until two minutes remaining in the first half when Mesa went on a 7-1 run. Mesa's Jamil Wilson-Jones made a layup and free throw with Jeff McCain adding a dunk. Adonis Arms made a layup to give Mesa a 33-26 advantage at half.
Five minutes into the second half, Mesa held a 41-34 advantage but the Coyotes fought back, closing the Mesa gap to 43-41. A Megwa three and jump shots from Noe Anabir and Keaton Ranger pushed Mesa's lead back to eight with 10 minutes to play in the game.
Chandler-Gilbert though would not fold, as they again cut the T-Bird advantage to 55-54, all within a five minute span. But Mesa again rattled off eight straight points to extend their lead to 63-54 with three minutes to play.
The T-Birds then controlled last few minutes to hang on for the conference win and remain undefeated on the season.
Mesa moves to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in conference play. They will play at home on Thursday against Arizona Western, tipoff at 7:30 p.m.