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No. 26 EMCC Lions win 87-77 at Georgia Highlands; EMCC women fall 58-42 to GHC
 November 27, 2012

ROME, Ga. – Jarekious Bradley, the NJCAA’s leading scorer, pumped in a game-high 32 points to lead the 26th-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College to an 87-77 road win over Georgia Highlands College Monday night on the GHC campus.  In the opener, the 21st-ranked and unbeaten GHC women topped EMCC’s Lady Lions 58-42.Entering the contest averaging 30 points per game, Bradley tallied 21 of his 32 points in the opening 20 minutes of play to stake the visitors to a 45-40 halftime lead.  The sophomore transfer from Memphis East High School by way of Midland College in Texas posted his third straight 30-point effort of the year.

Coach Mark White’s EMCC Lions, now 3-1 on the year, built their lead to double digits six minutes into the second half and never relinquished control of the contest the remainder of the way.  Freshman guard Jacolby Mobley, a Starkville High School product, added a season-high 25 points to the winning effort.

In their first season of collegiate competition, the home-standing Chargers remained winless in seven decisions on the year.  The GHC men were led by Femi Ojuolape’s 15 points.   

In the women’s contest, head coach Sharon Thompson’s EMCC Lady Lions battled the Lady Chargers tough throughout the first half and during the early portion of the second stanza.  Down 31-26 at the half, the visitors cut the deficit to three points (35-32) on a pair of Nockeyia Qualls free throws five minutes into the second half.

The GHC women responded with seven unanswered points before EMCC freshman post player Savannah Kimmons trimmed GHC’s lead to eight points (42-34) by scoring inside with 11:22 remaining.  However, that was the only field goal the Lady Lions would manage during a turnover-filled dry spell.  During that time, the Lady Chargers’ cushion ballooned to 19 points en route to posting their eighth victory of the year in as many outings.

With four of their six losses coming to teams ranked nationally at some point this season, the EMCC Lady Lions fell to 1-6 on the season.  Freshman Takera Mitchell, of Wayne County, paced the visitors with 10 points.

Improving to 8-0 on the year, the Georgia Highlands women received a game-high 19 points from Manon Cherubini on the strength of 5-of-6 field goals from beyond the three-point arc.

The East Mississippi basketball teams remain on the road to tip off MACJC North Division play at Holmes Community College Thursday evening in Goodman.  A 6 p.m. women’s contest at Frank Branch Coliseum will be followed by the three-time reigning division champion EMCC Lions taking on the host Bulldogs at 8 p.m.        

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