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The Lions of East Mississippi made the most of their debut in the NJCAA DI men's basketball tournament, defeating Brunswick Community College 86-65 in the third game of opening-round action Tuesday in Hutchinson, Kan.
BCC, who also was making its tourney debut, had a nine-point lead in the first half. But East Mississippi outscored the Dolphins 41-25 in the second half. BCC made 9-of-26 field-goal tries in the second half.
The Lions outrebounded BCC 50-29. The Lions’ substitutes outscored BCC’s 39-15.
The top scorer for BCC was Tyree Graham (17 points). Alan-Michael Thompson scored 12 points, Marcus Graham 11 and Chris Smith 10.
Richard Dixon was the top scorer for the winners (17 points).
MIDDLE GEORGIA 85
Middle Georgia stayed alive in the consolation bracket as it defeated BCC 85-80 March 18. Middle Georgia controlled most of the game and held a 12-point lead late in the second half. The top scorers for BCC were Chris Smith (23 points) Marcus Graham (20) and Tryree Graham (17).