The Lions contest proved to be nip and tuck throughout the entire 40 minutes. With the exception of a few ties, the Lions held a slim lead for most of the opening half before claiming a 25-22 halftime edge. Sophomores Markedric Bell and Dewayne Cox combined for 16 of EMCC's 25 first-half points with nine and seven points, respectively.
The visitors maintained their slight advantage throughout the opening portion of the second stanza. With EMCC leading by four points midway through the half, the Tigers went on a 6-0 run to grab their first lead of the game (43-41) with eight minutes remaining. After Coahoma moved ahead by three points (47-44) on Terry Williams' basket, EMCC's Terryonte Thomas picked an opportune time for his only made field goal of the game by drilling a game-tying 3-pointer with five minutes left in the contest.
Following a three-minute scoreless stretch, EMCC freshman guard Donte Powers then converted his lone field goal attempt of the game to put the Lions back on top temporarily. Coahoma responded with Cornelius Holly's three-point bucket to take a brief 50-49 lead with 47 seconds remaining on the game clock. On the ensuing possession, EMCC's Cox promptly drove to the rim and capitalized on the three-point play to make it a 52-50 contest with just 26 ticks left.
As was the case in the earlier women's contest, Coahoma had a chance to either tie the game or send it into overtime. However, the home-standing Tigers also came up empty during the waning seconds before the final horn blew.
Coach Billy Begley's EMCC Lions improved to 8-6 overall and 2-1 in the MACJC North behind Cox and Bell with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Led by Williams' game-high 20 points, the Coahoma Tigers fell to 4-8 overall and 1-2 within the division.
The East Mississippi basketball teams return home to play host to the Rangers of Northwest Mississippi in a Thursday hoops twin-bill on the Scooba campus. A 5:30 p.m. women's game will be followed by a 7:30 p.m. men's contest at EMCC's Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.
Contact: David Rosinski, EMCC Sports Information Director