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February 27, 2014

No. 19 Bobcats fall to East Mississippi, 75-69

FULTON – The 19th-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats led for most of their MACJC semifinal game vs. East Mississippi.

But the Lions took the lead for good with less than four minutes to play and defeated the Bobcats, 75-69, Wednesday afternoon at the Davis Event Center on the campus of Itawamba Community College.

JCJC freshman forward Leroy Fludd scored 30 points to lead

the Bobcats. But, EMCC sophomore guard Avery Woodson scored 31 points, including a 9-of-17 effort from 3-point range, as the Lions rallied for the win. Woodson is a University of Memphis signee.

The Bobcats, however, will live to play another day. JCJC, 20-5, will meet Southwest at noon on March 6 in the quarterfinals of the Region 23 Tournament.

East Mississippi, 19-5, will face the winner of Wednesday night’s Mississippi Gulf Coast/Itawamba contest for the state championship at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

JCJC took a 9-8 lead when Fludd scored at the 16:55 mark.

Leading 17-14, the Bobcats went on an 11-5 run and would take their longest lead of the night at 28-19 with 9:41 left in the first half when Fludd hit a shot from the right corner.

EMCC then went on a 16-4 run and went up 35-32 with 3:01 to play when Jacolby Mobley made a free throw.

JCJC then closed the half with six straight points and took a 38-32 halftime lead.

The Bobcats opened the second half strong. Bryce Jones converted a 3-point play to give JCJC its longest lead of the second half at 44-36 with 18:01 remaining. They still led 55-49 with 9:32 to play when Fludd made two more free throws.

The Lions would take their first lead of the second half when Woodson hit a 3-pointer with 6:15 left to make it 60-59. JCJC would come back and take a 64-62 lead with 4:28 left when Christopher White made a free throw.

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