Top teams in polls sweep BCC

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By Michael Paul, Sports Editor

 BOLIVIA—The Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team lost 77-59 Sunday afternoon to Spartanburg Methodist at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center gym.


The Pioneers entered the game 23-0 and No. 3 in the NJCAA Division I poll. On Jan. 19, BCC lost 71-66 at Spartanburg.

For BCC (3-3 in the region, 14-9 overall), Khari Faison and Quinton Morrow each scored 16 points. Tre’ Francisco scored nine points. No one else scored more than five points.

Despite an injury early in the game to Pioneer point guard Travis Black, Spartanburg Methodist led 19-12 until a dunk by Faison. The lead was 29-19 with 6:02 left in the half. Morrow hit a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to cut the lead to 34-28.

A three-point play by Francisco cut the lead to 51-48 with but the Pioneers outscored the Dolphins 13-4 in taking a 65-52 lead with 4:14 left in the game.

In the run, a Jalen Nesbitt basket put the Pioneers ahead 58-52 with 6:03 left. After BCC missed a shot, Black hit a 3-pointer from the left wing. A steal led to a one-step layup by Nesbitt and a 63-52 lead. After BCC missed another shot, Kelsey Terry was fouled and he sank two free throws, putting the Pioneers ahead 65-52 with 4:14 left.

A 3-pointer from the right corner by Nesbitt gave the Pioneers a 70-54 lead with 2:40 left and clinched the victory. 


BCC women

The BCC women lost 69-54 Sunday afternoon to Louisburg.

Louisburg entered the game 16-1 and the No 1 team in the NJCAA Division II poll. On Jan. 15, BCC lost 73-43 at Louisburg.

BCC (7-11 overall) trailed 41-28 at halftime and was unable to sustain a rally in the second half. The Lady Dolphins trailed 60-46 with 7:01 left and 67-52 with 2:02 left.

Syerra Troutman scored 19 points for BCC. Crystal Hicks hit two 3-pointers and scored 10 points. Shanita Hampton scored eight points, Jennette Taylor seven and Emily Jackson six.