|12-game winning streak lands EMCC Lions at No. 19 nationally in NJCAA Division I Top 20 poll|
SCOOBA – Sporting a current 12-game winning streak, the East Mississippi Community College men’s basketball team has re-entered the NJCAA Division I Top 20 tied for 19th nationally in this week’s poll.
Head coach Mark White’s 15-2 EMCC Lions tipped off the current season ranked seventh nationally on the strength of back-to-back NJCAA National Tournament appearances in Hutchinson, Kan. Following a tough 3-2 start to the year with November road losses to nationally ranked Northwest Florida State College and Shelton State CC, the two-time defending NJCAA Region 23 and MACJC North Division champions have since reeled off a dozen consecutive victories spanning back to Nov. 22.
Included in the Lions’ current 12-game win string is a perfect 8-0 mark in MACJC North Division play. Having most recently claimed a 65-61 decision at Northwest Mississippi this past Monday in Senatobia, the EMCC men have compiled three-year composite records of 67-14 overall and 30-2 within the division dating back to the 2009-10 hoops campaign.
As the EMCC Lions bid to clinch their third straight MACJC North Division regular-season title, the East Mississippi basketball teams will play at Northeast Mississippi Community College Thursday evening. A 5:30 p.m. women’s contest will be followed by a 7:30 p.m. men’s game at Bonner Arnold Coliseum on the Booneville campus.
The EMCC squads then return to the Scooba campus for a week-long hoops homestand, tipping off with Monday’s doubleheader against rival Meridian Community College. With game times set for 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at EMCC’s Keyes T. Currie Coliseum, fans planning to attend Monday’s basketball games in Scooba are encouraged to wear pink in support of the Play 4Kay initiative. Formerly known as WBCA Pink Zone, Play 4Kay through the Kay Yow Cancer Fund supports the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s continuing fight against breast cancer.
East Mississippi’s basketball homestand continues next Thursday (Feb. 16) with a divisional doubleheader against Mississippi Delta CC. The following Monday (Feb. 20), EMCC welcomes division foe Itawamba Community College on Sophomore Night for a 5:30/7:30 p.m. hoops twinbill at Currie Coliseum.
|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 February 2012 )|
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