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WSCC men beat Georgia Highlands in Saturday basketball sweep
 December 14, 2013

HANCEVILLE – Sophomore Jestin Lewis poured in a game-high 18 points, Lee Moore added 15 and Wallace State’s men opened Saturday’s action with a strong defensive showing of its own down the stretch, helping the Lions (8-4) end a mini two-game skid.
Clinging to a 59-56 lead with 5:30 remaining in the game, Wallace State’s defense put a clamp on Georgia Highlands, allowing only one bucket to close it out. 

Wallace State coach John Meeks was glad to see his team hunker down after struggling to finish a pair of tough home losses within the last week.

“We just didn’t allow anything down the stretch and made some good decisions offensively. Georgia Highlands struggled to get quality shots off and we forced turnovers,” said Meeks, who’s in his fourth year with the Lions. “I thought we guarded hard today, bought in during the entire game and played with good attitudes. You could tell our guys were hungry for a win.

“The last couple of weeks have been tough. We’ve been really, really close in the four games that we’ve lost this season, losing them by only 10 points combined. Sometimes that kills morale, but our team believes it can go out there and win any game.”

Wallace State led from the opening tip. The Lions led by as many as eight points in the first half before closing the first 20 minutes with a 36-29 advantage.

Freshman guard Darius Joell knocked down a 3-pointer on Wallace State’s opening possession of the second half to build a 10-point lead. The Lions matched that advantage again with 11:03 remaining, leading 54-44 after X-keem Jones hit a 3-pointer and Moore followed with a layup.

Georgia Highlands responded with 12-2 run over the next six minutes to cut Wallace State’s lead to 59-56. 

The Lions countered with an impressive 16-2 surge to seal the win, fueled by the offensive efforts of Lewis, Moore and Sean Anthony.

Joell finished with eight points for the Lions and Anthony, Cody Farley, Marcus Johnson and Marcus Hayes each added seven points.

For Georgia Highlands, Jameson Jeffers had 12 points in the losing cause. 

Wallace State, which played first Saturday in a role reversal from a normal doubleheader, heads to Supply, N.C., on Thursday to compete in the Brunswick CC Holiday Classic. The men will play three consecutive days in North Carolina.  

For more information about Wallace State athletics, visit wallacestate.edu.

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