The Cerro Coso Community College men’s basketball team was able to capture its first Central Valley Conference win of the 2018-19 season when the Coyotes beat Merced College 83-78 at Raymond A. McCue Athletic Complex.

Merced, who came into Wednesday night’s contest with a 2-0 record in CVC play following wins over Sequoias and Reedley, could not overcome a 41-27 halftime deficit to Cerro Coso.

With the win, the Coyotes improved to 1-2 in CVC play and 7-7 overall after two very close losses last week to Columbia and West Hills Coalinga.

Coyotes freshman forward Jordan Pumphrey, who came into Wednesday’s game as Cerro Coso’s leading scorer at 18.9 points per contest, led the way with a team-high 22 points on the night.

Freshman guard Colyn Waldron, who missed Cerro Coso’s previous four games due to an injury, came off the bench to score 17 points. Fellow freshman guard Isiah Thomas also had 17 points in the victory over Merced, while sophomore guard Brock Duffield had 12 points of his own.

Up next, the Coyotes will travel to take on powerhouse Fresno City College on Saturday afternoon with tipoff being shortly after 3 p.m. This will be a huge test for Cerro Coso first-year head coach Chris Dugan and his squad of up-and-coming players.

Cerro Coso will have its next home game this upcoming Monday night at 6 p.m.