09 Feb 2015

MDCC Splits With East Mississippi

Men lose in triple overtime

The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans sailed to an easy 72-47 win over the Lady Lions of East Mississippi Community College Thursday night at home while the men’s game went into triple overtime before the Lions prevailed 118-114.

The Lady Trojans were looking to avenge a 46-37 loss to the Lady Lions two weeks ago at Scooba and they did so in fine fashion. Delta made the first field goal of the game and never looked back, stretching their first half lead to as many as 13 points, 23-10, with 4:50 left in the half. They went to the locker room leading 30-19.

Mississippi Delta opened the second half with a 9-0 run to take a 20 point lead and pushed that lead to as many as 27 points, 70-43, with under a minute remaining.

Sophomore forward Niya Head had an outstanding game scoring a game-high 21 points and notching another double-double with 14 rebounds. Sophomore guard Mary Washington also hauled down 14 rebounds and scored six points while freshman guard Jasmine Jackson was the second high scorer for Delta with eight points.

The win brings the Lady Trojans’ overall record to 7-12 and their North Division slate to 3-5. They have four division games remaining.

It was raining treys in the first half of the men’s match and the vast majority were coming from the Lions who plunked in 10 three-pointers in the first half, to the Trojans three, and led by 15 points, 50-35, at the break after leading by 20 with 1:10 left in the half.

But the Lions cooled off in the second half while the Trojans cranked up their three-point machine hitting seven treys to East Mississippi’s two. It took a while, but Delta steadily chipped away at the Lions’ lead and finally to their first lead of the game, 67-66, on the strength of a three by sophomore guard Jaylon Ford.

East Mississippi pulled out to a six point lead with 5:35 left in the game, but treys by sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin, freshman center Travon Harper and sophomore guard Darius Dukes gave the Trojans a 76-75 lead with 3:35 remaining.

The Trojans pushed that lead out to four points with 50 seconds left, but were outscored 7-3 down the stretch to leave the game knotted at 88-all.

Delta’s Darius Dukes opened the first OT with a trey, one of seven for the night, but the Trojans could only manage six points during the five minute period. East Mississippi canned two treys to tie the game at 94-all.

The Trojans scored eight points in the second OT and lead by six points with 1:03 left in the period. But the Lions outscored the Trojans 8-2 in the final minute with sophomore Tyrone McNeese having to make one of two free throws to tie the game at 102.

In the third overtime the Trojans scored 12 points and led by two points with 36 seconds after sophomore forward Ondarious Hamlin went one-for-one at the charity stripe. The Lions tied the game and then went up by a bucket and a missed three-pointer by MDCC with 12 seconds forced the Trojans to foul. The Lions made both free throws and the game ended 118-114 in favor of EMCC.

Darius Dukes had an outstanding game-high 34 points which included going 11/20 from the field, 7/13 from beyond the arc, and 5/8 from the charity stripe. Zarmarlus Griffin scored 22 points, Travon Harper had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Tyrone McNeese had 15 points and DeCarlos Holmes added 10.

The loss drops Delta to 8-11 overall and 4-4 in division play and leaves them solidly in fourth place in the North Division. The Trojans have four division games remaining, one with division leader Holmes, plus games with Northwest, Itawamba and Coahoma – all of whom trail the Trojans in the standings.

Mississippi Delta will be on the road Monday night as they travel to Senatobia to take on Northwest Community College at 5 and 7 p.m.

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