|EMCC women stop East Central 77-72 in OT; Lions breeze by ECCC 86-54 to complete hoops sweep|
SCOOBA – The East Mississippi Community College basketball teams swept visiting East Central CC Thursday night, with the Lady Lions pulling out a 77-72 overtime triumph in the opener and the 17th-ranked Lions coasting to an easy 86-54 victory in the nightcap from EMCC’s Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.
In the women’s contest, head coach Sharon Thompson’s EMCC Lions scored the first eight points of the overtime session to get into the win column for the first time in four outings to begin the season. Tied at 67-all at the end of intermission, the home team opened the overtime period with a quick baseline basket by sophomore guard Chadisty Hickman followed by a 3-pointer from sophomore transfer Alvida Clemons. Freshman forward Dajah McCarty then made 1-of-2 free throws and converted a basket after a second straight steal to put the Lady Lions on top, 75-67, two minutes into the extra session. The Lady Warriors managed to cut the deficit to three points (75-72) with 10.7 seconds left, but Clemons sealed the victory with a pair of free throws with only 3.3 seconds remaining.
After leading 31-30 at the halftime break, the Lady Lions fell behind by seven points (60-53) following four consecutive baskets by East Central’s Ja’Monica Orton. However, EMCC freshman guard Jeraldine Campbell answered by tallying seven of her team-high 28 points during a stretch that put the Lady Lions back on top, 61-60, with four minutes remaining in regulation. Three ties later, the visitors had a chance to win the game at the regulation buzzer, but Chaunderial Bell’s jumper off an inbounds pass near midcourt didn’t fall.
A former Noxubee County High School standout, Campbell eclipsed the 20-point mark for the fourth straight contest to begin her collegiate career. Clemons scored 14 of her 19 points after intermission for the 1-3 Lady Lions.
Orton paced the Lady Warriors, now winless in seven attempts on the year, with a game-high 32 points.
In the nightcap, EMCC men’s coach Mark White received 15 first-half points apiece from sophomores Millaun Brown and D.J. Evans, as season scoring leader Colin Borchert sat for most of the opening 20 minutes with two early fouls. The Lions’ 43-30 halftime advantage grew to 21 points (53-32) by the 14:32 mark of the second stanza. With transfer forward Lakin Ford nailing a trio of 3-pointers down the stretch, EMCC’s biggest lead of the game was the 32-point final outcome.
Evans, of Brandon, finished with a game-high 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting for the game. Brown, from West Bolivar High School, notched his second double-double of the season with 16 points, on 7-of-9 shooting, along with 11 rebounds, including seven offensive boards. Ford and Borchert followed with 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the 3-1 Lions.
Falling to 0-7 on the season, the Warriors were led by Jimmie Broomfield and Steven Fuller with 15 and 10 points, respectively.
The East Mississippi basketball teams will go their separate ways next week in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Lions will head east to Tuscaloosa to take on host Shelton State CC and Chattahoochee Valley CC on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, in the Southland International Classic. The Lady Lions will venture south to Perkinston to meet Alabama Southern CC and Baton Rouge CC on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic.
|Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 November 2011 )|
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