The University of the District of Columbia men’s basketball team maintained its dominance so far on the season and advanced to a 10-1 overall record after taking out non-conference opponent Dominican College, 74-63 in the last game of the 2011 year at the UDC Gym in Washington.

The UDC Firebirds hadn’t played a game in 20 days heading into the Dec. 30 matchup, but they showed no rust in picking up their seventh consecutive victory.

“This was a great win for us considering we hadn’t played for a while, and we were playing a very good team in Dominican College,” UDC head coach Jeff Ruland said. “We’ll get right back to work and come ready to play in our next game.”

The Firebirds leaned on senior guards Brandon Herbert and Nigel Munson, who combined for 45 points against Dominican College. Herbert, a Baltimore, Md. native out of McDonogh High, made 8-of-16 shots, including a season-high seven three-pointer made for a game-high total of 25 points; Munson, who graduated who attended DeMatha High in D.C., followed with 20 points along with a game-high seven assists.

Philadelphia, Pa. native Diyaaldin Kelley added 16 points to UDC’s total.

The Firebirds played well on both offense and defense; with Herbert and Munson doing most of the scoring, UDC was able to focus in on team defense, holding Dominican College to just 27 percent shooting in the second half of the game.

UDC will attempt to keep their winning streak going when they take on Dowling in a non-conference match scheduled for Jan. 7.