|Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director
Ellisville, Miss. - When Jones County Junior College needed a sure thing, they turned to Bruce Stevens.
And the 6-foot-8 freshman from Bay Springs delivered in clutch fashion.Stevens scored 29 points to spark the Bobcats to an 84-73 victory over Copiah-Lincoln Community College here Monday night at A.B. Howard Gymnasium.The win improves JCJC to 7-3 overall, 2-1 in the MACJC South Division.Co-Lin drops to 2-10 overall, 0-3 in division play.
The Bobcats led for almost the entire game.Andrew Riley’s steal and layup put the Bobcats up 8-1 with 16:48 left in the first half. Co-Lin’s Tony Williams made a layup to cut the lead to 17-14 with 9:43 left in the first half.The Bobcats took their longest lead of the first half when Stevens canned a 3-pointer from the top of the key extended to make it 36-26 with 5:00 remaining.But the Wolves closed the half on a 15-4 run and took their only lead of the night when Anfernee Parker hit a 15-footer at the buzzer to make it 41-40.
JCJC then opened the second half on an 11-2 run, taking a 51-43 lead with 16:14 left when Tristin Walley scored. A slam dunk by Stevens gave the Bobcats a 61-51 lead with 10:34 remaining. Darius Kennedy’s slam cut the lead to 61-55 at the 9:46 mark.
The Bobcats then extended the lead to 72-58 with 6:11 left when Stevens made two free throws. Riley’s basket with 4:09 to play gave JCJC its longest lead of the night at 78-63.Kennedy’s basket with 54.5 seconds remaining cut the lead to 79-71, but that was as close as Co-Lin would get.
After Stevens’ point total, Maurice Dunlap, Andre Johnson and Christian Robertson scored 10 points each. JCJC was 18-of-33 from the free throw line.Kennedy had 16 points for the Wolves, while Jonathan Dalton and Donte Watson had 14 each and Tony Williams added 13. Co-Lin was 12-of-23 from the foul line.
The Bobcats travel to Pearl River for an important division contest at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Co-Lin entertains East Central on Thursday.
Monday’s gameJones County 84, Copiah-Lincoln 73COPIAH-LINCOLN (2-10, 0-3) – Darius Kennedy 16, Donte Watson 14, Jonathan Dalton 14, Tony Williams 13, Tyler Turner 6, Josh Smith-Levi 5, Chris Williams 3, Anfernee Parker 2.
JONES COUNTY (7-3, 2-1) – Bruce Stevens 29, Maurice Dunlap 10, Andre Johnson 10, Christian Robertson 10, Tristin Walley 7, Andrew Riley 6, Xavier Howard 6, Zebedee Rice 5, Emetric Fells 1, David Davis 0.
Copiah-Lincoln 41 32 – 73
Jones County 40 44 – 84