SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Dons had their chance to earn a win over the No. 18 Orange Coast College in an Orange Empire Conference game on Wednesday night but fell just short down the stretch, dropping the contest by a score of 77-74.
Santa Ana (8-9, 1-3) was down by 17 with 5:57 remaining in the first half but once again came back to make it a tight game late in the second half. The Dons cut into the lead quickly and trailed the Pirates 42-38 at the break.
After a few lead changes in the second half, the Dons found themselves down three (77-74) with a chance to tie the game and send it to over time. A last second shot by Chris Bailey would not go, giving Orange Coast (13-7, 4-1) their fourth win in conference to stay tied for first place in the OEC.
The Dons shot their second lowest three point percentage of the year, going 3-18 for 16.7 percent in the loss. They'll look to improve on the long ball in Friday's matchup with Cypress College at 5:00 p.m. at home.