|East Mississippi sweeps convincingly at MCC Thursday|
MERIDIAN – The visiting East Mississippi basketball teams convincingly handed the Meridian Community College clubs their first losses of the season with a road sweep over MCC Thursday night at Graham Gymnasium. Following the Lady Lions’ 86-71 triumph in the opener, the EMCC men moved to 4-0 on the year with a 94-74 victory over the previously unbeaten Eagles.
In the women’s contest, head coach Sharon Thompson’s EMCC Lady Lions took advantage of Meridian’s sluggish start by mounting a 37-21 halftime advantage. The visitors, now 2-2 on the season, maintained their double-digit lead throughout the second half by pushing the ball up the floor and benefitting from transition baskets.
Kemper County's Chadisty Hickman led five double-figure EMCC scorers with 23 points. Fellow newcomers Kiara Quinones-Noa , Raven Howard and Kierra Jones all contributed a dozen points apiece, while sophomore Natalie Tate of Columbus added 10 for the winners.
The 2-1 MCC Lady Eagles were led by Norianna Haynes’ game-high 25 points.
Featuring a battle of unbeaten teams in the nightcap, the East Mississippi men also jumped out to an early twin-digit lead before settling with a 35-29 halftime edge. Sparked by the hot-shooting hand of sophomore guard Deonte Alexander, head coach Mark White’s Lions used a 17-6 run early in the second half to build the lead back up to double figures. A Nashville product, Alexander nailed eight 3-pointers on the night, including six after the intermission, to finish with a game-high 32 points.
As a team, the Lions had 12 made 3-pointers for the contest.
Former Meridian High School standout Donovan Walker followed with 18 points, while fellow sophomore Joe McCoy and freshman forward Millaun Brown added 15 and 12 points, respectively, for the winners.
Pierre Crawford paced the 3-1 MCC Eagles with 20 points.
The East Mississippi teams tip off their 2010-11 home hoops slate next Thursday (Nov. 18) by playing host to East Central on the Scooba campus. Tip-off times at EMCC’s Keyes T. Currie Coliseum are set for 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
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