Jones posts third straight victory with 80-67 win over Northeast
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Jones College posted an impressive 80-67 victory over Northeast Monday night at A.B. Howard Gymnasium.
It’s the third straight win for Jones, who is now 13-6 overall and 6-3 in the MACCC.
The Tigers jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead, but Jones went on a 9-0 run, capped by a Jay Barnes 3-pointer, to make it 11-7 with 15:30 left in the first half.
Northeast came back and took its final lead of the night on Allen Hughes’ basket to go ahead 29-28 with 5:13 left in the first half.
Jones would regain the lead for good on a Caleb McGill trey with 4:22 showing to make it 31-30. The Bobcats led 42-37 at halftime.
The Bobcats started the second half with a 15-4 run and took a 57-41 lead with 16:04 left on an Ashton Campbell 3-pointer.
But the Tigers came back and pulled within 61-55 with 10:10 to play on a basket by Trey Tate.
Jones would then regain control and would take a 72-61 lead with 3:59 remaining on back-to-back highlight dunks by Daquarius Harris.
Barnes (Oak Grove) had his first career double-double with 20 points and 10 assists, Campbell (Forrest County AHS) knocked down five 3-pointers and led the Bobcats with 21 points and McGill (Petal) had 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Harris (Memphis, Tennessee) added 10 points, including several highlight reel dunks.
Corey Stephenson led Northeast with 17 points. Jalin Rice added 14 and Caleb Parr had 10 rebounds.
The Bobcats made 29-of-60 shots for 48 percent and connected on 12-of-30 3-pointers for 40 percent. Jones hit 10-of-16 free throws for 63 percent.
Northeast was 27-of-56 from the floor for 48 percent, but only hit 3-of-16 from beyond the arc for 19 percent. The Tigers made 10-of-14 foul shots for 71 percent.
Jones committed 12 turnovers compared to 18 for Northeast.
The Bobcats outscored the Tigers 26-16 on points off turnovers and had a 20-12 edge on fast break points.
Jones will now travel to Pearl River for a big game at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The Wildcats are 14-6 overall and 6-4 in the league.
Northeast, 14-8 and 5-5, will host Mississippi Delta on Thursday.