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Release Date: 2/26/2015
Sport: Men's Basketball

TIGERS USE COMEBACK TO DOWN DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPION BOBCATS

Wesson, Miss. – The Northeast Mississippi Community College men’s basketball program stuck with its mantra on Tuesday to claim one of its biggest wins in the past decade.

The Tigers used a thrilling comeback effort to defeat defending national champion and 16th-ranked Jones County Junior College 67-62 on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament.

“It went the typical way that we’ve won some games and that’s just a credit to our guys,” said Northeast head coach Cord Wright. “I wish we could get ahead and kind of have fun with it, but that’s not how we’ve won recently. It was a great win for the program and the team.”

However, it did not look good early for the Tigers in their first playoff contest since the 2010-11 campaign. Northeast’s initial seven possessions after the tipoff resulted in four turnovers and three shots that were blocked.

The Tigers (17-7) finally got on the board after a timeout on an Al Azulphar free throw at the 16:05 mark. Jack Nichols followed with a bucket that cut the Bobcats’ advantage to 6-3.

That was the closest that Northeast came to taking a lead in the opening half. The Tigers accrued a double-digit deficit and trailed 29-19 at the break after Jones County’s Bryce Perry connected on a trey late in the period.

Northeast started its phenomenal turnaround effort five minutes into the second with a 7-0 run. Chris Ward initiated the rally with a layup that was assisted by Chase Carroll and Azulphar added three makes from the charity stripe to bring the Tigers within one possession of the Bobcats’ advantage.

Neither squad led by more than six points from that point. Northeast brought the matchup into a stalemate for the initial time with 7:49 left on a Dimario Jackson trey.

The Tigers did not push ahead though until late in the contest. Otis Harvey’s three-pointer extended Jones County’s (18-4) lead to 58-54 with less than three minutes remaining.

But Nichols responded with his second huge make from beyond the arc in as many trips down the floor to push the momentum back to Northeast’s bench. The Booneville native tied a career-high with five made field goals and had 13 points against the Bobcats.

“Coach (Wright) told me to shoot the ball with confidence,” Nichols said. “I never got down on myself. I stepped up and knocked them down.”

The Tigers overtook Jones County moments later when Jackson drove through the lane and dished a pass to Ward, who connected on a beautiful floater to make it 59-58 in favor of Northeast. Dexter Stafford set up the play with one of his game-best 16 rebounds on the afternoon.

“He’s kinda been that guy that doesn’t get the credit, but he’s earned it,” said Wright. “He’s the reason that we were able to be the team that we were late in the game because we needed those rebounds.” Raheem Sorrell then came off the bench following a timeout and drained a huge shot from just inside the three-point line to give the Tigers a slight bit of breathing room at 61-58.

Bryce Jones had a pair of short jumpers during the final minute, but the combination of Desmin Harris and Jackson made six of eight free throws in that same span to help Northeast claim a signature victory over the Bobcats. Jackson recorded game-highs of 19 points and eight assists to top the Tigers. The Brusly, La., product was 8 of 10 on his free shots and added four boards as well.

“We kept fighting and battling like always,” Jackson said. “There was never a time that we got down. We made some mistakes in the beginning and I think everybody was just anxious. This just tells you how tough we really are.”

Sorrell rounded out the double-digit scorers for Northeast with 10. The Tigers outrebounded their opposition by a plus-16 margin and accounted for 11 second-chance points. Rodrigus Palmer came off the bench to top Jones County with 18 points. Jones had 15 and eight assists while Harvey tallied 13.

It is the first postseason win for Northeast since defeating Pearl River Community College on February 26, 2008 in the MACJC State Tournament at Itawamba Community College’s Davis Event Center. The Tigers downed a program that appeared in some form in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll for the second time this year. Northeast won on the road at Columbia State (Tenn.) Community College, which was receiving votes at the time, in December.

It was the eighth occasion this campaign that the Tigers came from behind to win after trailing by multiple possessions in the second half. The last such instance came on February 9 in a close 76-74 triumph at rival Itawamba Community College.



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BaseballKent FarrisHead Baseball Coach
BaseballRich HarrelsonAssistant Baseball Coach
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Basketball-WMaurice StaffordAssistant Women's Basketball Coach
FootballRicky SmitherHead Football Coach
FootballJonathan WebsterAssistant Coach
FootballTravis MaconDefensive Coordinator
FootballGreg DavisAssistant Coach
FootballMike MarkusonAssistant Coach
FootballDustin JonesAssistant Coach
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SoftballJody LongHead Softball Coach
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DateTimePlayingLocationType
08/28/20147:00PMMississippi Gulf Coast Community CollegePerkinston, MSAway
09/04/20146:30PMHinds Community CollegeBooneville, MSHome
09/11/20146:30PMNorthwest Mississippi Community CollegeBooneville, MSHome
09/18/20147:00PMEast Mississippi Community CollegeScooba, MSAway
09/27/20143:00PMCoahoma Community CollegeBooneville, MSHome
10/02/20147:00PMMississippi Delta Community CollegeMoorhead, MSAway
10/09/20147:00PMItawamba Community CollegeFulton, MSAway
10/16/20146:30PMPearl River Community CollegeBooneville, MSHome
10/23/20146:30PMHolmes Community CollegeBooneville, MSHome

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02/22/201512:00PMLake Land CollegeTBDHome
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02/23/201512:00PMJackson State Community CollegeTBDHome
02/23/20153:00PMJackson State Community CollegeTBDHome
02/24/201512:00PMSouthwest Tennessee Community CollegeTBDHome
02/24/20153:00PMSouthwest Tennessee Community CollegeTBDHome
02/26/201512:00PMCalhoun Community College - Decatur CampusTBDAway
02/26/20153:00PMCalhoun Community College - Decatur CampusTBDAway
02/27/20152:00PMLincoln Trail CollegeTBDHome
02/27/20155:00PMLincoln Trail CollegeTBDHome
03/03/20151:30PMSouthwest Tennessee Community CollegeTBDAway
03/03/20154:30PMSouthwest Tennessee Community CollegeTBDAway
03/05/201512:00PMCalhoun Community College - Decatur CampusTBDHome
03/05/20153:00PMCalhoun Community College - Decatur CampusTBDHome
03/07/201512:00PMMississippi Gulf Coast Community CollegeTBDHome
03/07/20153:00PMMississippi Gulf Coast Community CollegeTBDHome
03/11/201512:00PMCoahoma Community CollegeTBDHome
03/11/20153:00PMCoahoma Community CollegeTBDHome
03/14/20152:00PMHinds Community CollegeTBDAway
03/14/20155:00PMHinds Community CollegeTBDAway
03/17/201512:00PMItawamba Community CollegeTBDHome
03/17/20153:00PMItawamba Community CollegeTBDHome
03/21/20152:00PMPearl River Community CollegeTBDAway
03/21/20155:00PMPearl River Community CollegeTBDAway
03/25/20152:00PMMeridian Community CollegeTBDAway
03/25/20155:00PMMeridian Community CollegeTBDAway
03/28/20151:00PMJones County Junior CollegeTBDHome
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03/31/20151:00PMHolmes Community CollegeTBDAway
03/31/20154:00PMHolmes Community CollegeTBDAway
04/03/20151:00PMCopiah-Lincoln Community CollegeTBDHome
04/03/20154:00PMCopiah-Lincoln Community CollegeTBDHome
04/08/20151:00PMEast Mississippi Community CollegeTBDHome
04/08/20154:00PMEast Mississippi Community CollegeTBDHome
04/11/20152:00PMEast Central Community CollegeTBDAway
04/11/20155:00PMEast Central Community CollegeTBDAway
04/14/20153:00PMNorthwest Mississippi Community CollegeTBDAway
04/14/20156:00PMNorthwest Mississippi Community CollegeTBDAway
04/20/20151:00PMGeorge C Wallace State Community College-HancevilleTBDHome
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04/22/20151:00PMMississippi Delta Community CollegeTBDHome
04/22/20154:00PMMississippi Delta Community CollegeTBDHome
04/25/20152:00PMSouthwest Mississippi Community CollegeTBDAway
04/25/20155:00PMSouthwest Mississippi Community CollegeTBDAway
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11/11/20147:00PMMid-South Community CollegeTBDHome
11/13/20147:30PMBaton Rouge Community CollegeTBDAway
11/17/20147:30PMVolunteer State Community CollegeTBDAway
12/02/20147:30PMArkansas Baptist CollegeTBDHome
12/04/20147:30PMEast Mississippi Community CollegeTBDHome
12/08/20147:30PMMississippi Delta Community CollegeTBDAway
12/12/20147:30PMSnead State Community CollegeTBDHome
12/15/20147:30PMColumbia State Community CollegeTBDAway
01/06/20157:30PMSnead State Community CollegeTBDAway
01/08/20157:30PMJackson State Community CollegeTBDHome
01/12/20157:00PMNorthwest Mississippi Community CollegeTBDAway
01/15/20157:30PMItawamba Community CollegeTBDHome
01/19/20157:30PMJackson State Community CollegeTBDAway
01/22/20157:30PMCoahoma Community CollegeTBDAway
01/26/20157:30PMHolmes Community CollegeTBDHome
01/29/20157:30PMEast Mississippi Community CollegeTBDAway
02/02/20157:30PMMississippi Delta Community CollegeTBDHome
02/05/20157:30PMNorthwest Mississippi Community CollegeTBDHome
02/09/20158:00PMItawamba Community CollegeTBDAway
02/16/20157:30PMCoahoma Community CollegeTBDHome
02/19/20158:00PMHolmes Community CollegeTBDAway
02/24/20151:00PMJones County Junior CollegeTBDHome
02/25/20152:45PMHolmes Community CollegeTBDHome
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11/17/20145:30PMVolunteer State Community CollegeTBDAway
12/02/20145:30PMArkansas Baptist CollegeTBDHome
12/04/20145:30PMEast Mississippi Community CollegeTBDHome
12/08/20145:30PMMississippi Delta Community CollegeTBDAway
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12/15/20145:30PMColumbia State Community CollegeTBDAway
01/06/20155:30PMSnead State Community CollegeTBDAway
01/08/20155:30PMJackson State Community CollegeTBDHome
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02/13/20151:00PMDyersburg State Community CollegeTBDAwayAway
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02/17/20151:00PMSouthwest Tennessee Community CollegeTBDAwayAway
02/17/20153:00PMSouthwest Tennessee Community CollegeTBDAwayAway
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02/24/20153:00PMCalhoun Community College - Decatur CampusTBDHomeHome
02/28/201511:00AMItawamba Community CollegeTBDHomeHome
02/28/201512:00PMItawamba Community CollegeTBDAwayAway
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03/18/20153:00PMCoahoma Community CollegeTBDAwayAway
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03/24/20154:00PMHolmes Community CollegeTBDHomeHome
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03/30/20153:00PMMississippi Delta Community CollegeTBDAwayAway
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04/11/201512:00PMCoahoma Community CollegeTBDHomeHome
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04/14/20154:00PMNorthwest Mississippi Community CollegeTBDAwayAway
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04/17/20153:00PMHolmes Community CollegeTBDAwayAway
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Player NameNo.Pos.YearHeight
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Donta Armstrong 17WRFR 
Andrew Ashe 48LSFR 
Isaac Bails 34RBSO 
Justin Barksdale 73OLSO 
Matthew Belue 14TESO 
Jonathan Bobo 6DBSO 
Jason Carr 1DLSO 
Tadarious Clifton 27WRFR 
Orlandous Davis 30LBFR 
Dayon Davis 62OLFR 
Jamel Dennis 23LBSO 
Jeremiah Dent 71DLSO 
Chandler Dexter 80TESO 
Jaylon Fair 19WRFR 
Ralph Green 3DBSO 
Jalen Hadley 92DLFR 
Lemetrius Hollins 99DLSO 
Joe Horn Jr. 4WRFR 
Brandon Jones 13WRFR 
Khalid Kornegay 90DLFR 
Trace Lee 16QBFR 
Chester Lewis 22RBFR 
Terrance Lindsey 81DLFR 
LaDerrick Martin 28DBFR 
Chris Matthews 44DLFR 
Jacob Meeks 97KFR 
Martize Mitchell 54OLSO 
Nhigel Phillips 98DLSO 
Lakendrick Preston 53OLSO 
Woodrow Prince 11DBFR 
Damien Rayford 56OLSO 
Cesar Resendiz 29K/PFR 
Jaylynne Robinson 25WRFR 
Marcus Robinson 5LBSO 
Sean Rogers 74OLSO 
Antonio Ryland 45LBSO 
TraeVon Sharp 50DLSO 
Brady Smith 10DBFR 
LaVontis Smith 7WRSO 
Johnny Smith 8DBSO 
Jacoby Smith 24DBFR 
Ross Smith 79OLSO 
Micah Sparks 15DBFR 
Dontayvius Stapleton 9DBFR 
Cole Strawn 78OLFR 
Brett Thompson 13QBFR 
Rashad Turner 18WRSO 
Mario Virges 20LBFR 
Ivy Ware 68OLFR 
Corbin White 2RBSO 
Darius Whitty 21DBFR 
Justin Williams 94DLFR 
Tray Woody 38LBFR 

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Player NameNo.Pos.YearHeight
Al Azulphar 0CSO 
Chase Carroll 10GFR 
Antonio Dodson 2GFR 
Chris Echols 33GSO 
Cannon Edwards 3GSO 
Desmin Harris 5GFR 
Dimario Jackson 11GSO 
Tyre Mallard 1GSO 
Jack Nichols 12GFR 
Raheem Sorrell 22FFR 
Dexter Stafford 24FSO 
Chris Ward 21FFR 
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Dashiyah Agnew 30GFR 
Jasmine Allen 35GSO 
V'lencia Farmer 32FFR 
Anna Fryar 31GFR 
Alivia Hughes 11GFR 
Aushiana Ivy 33FSO 
Natasha Jones 24GFR 
LaKeiya Lane 22GFR 
Harper Newell 23GFR 
Bridgejae Patterson 45CFR 
Ayana Ragin 14FSO 
Arianna Sims 20GFR 
Baylee Turner 12GFR 
daisha Williams 15GFR 

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BasketballM2/25/20152015 MACJC Basketball Championship - Northeast vs. Holmes
Football10/23/20142014 Week 9 Football - Holmes vs. Northeast
Football10/16/20142014 Week 8 Football - Pearl River vs. Northeast
Football10/09/20142014 Week 7 Football - Northeast vs. Itawamba
Football10/02/20142014 Week 6 Football - Northeast vs. MS Delta
Football09/27/20142014 Week 5 Football - Coahoma vs. Northeast MS
Football09/18/20142014 Week 4 Football - Northeast MS vs. East MS
Football09/11/20142014 Week 3 Football - Northwest vs. Northeast
Football09/11/20142014 Week 3 Football - Northwest vs. Northeast
Football09/4/20142014 Week 2 Football - Hinds vs. Northeast
Football08/28/20142014 Week 1 Football - Northeast vs. MS Gulf Coast
Football10/17/20132013 Week 8 Football - Northeast vs. Itawamba
Football10/10/20132013 Week 7 Football - Northeast vs. East MS
Football10/05/20132013 Week 6 Football - Coahoma vs. Northeast
Football09/26/20132013 Week 5 Football - MS Gulf Coast vs. Northeast
Football09/19/20132013 Week 4 Football - Northeast vs. Northwest
Football09/12/20132013 Week 3 Football - Holmes vs. Northeast
Football09/05/20132013 Week 2 Football - Jones vs. Northeast
Football08/29/20132013 Week 1 Football - Northeast vs. Co-Lin
Football10/25/2012Week 9 Football - Northeast vs. MS Delta
Football10/20/2012Week 8 Football - Itawamba vs. Northeast
Football10/11/2012Week 7 Football - East MS vs. Northeast
Football10/4/2012Week 6 Football - Northeast vs. Coahoma
Football9/27/2012Week 5 Football - Northeast vs. MS Gulf Coast
Football9/20/2012Week 4 Football - Northwest vs. Northeast
Football9/13/2012Week 3 Football - Northeast vs. Holmes
Football9/8/2012Week 2 Football - Northeast vs. Jones
Football11/05/2011Football Playoffs - Northeast vs. MS Gulf Coast
Football10/13/2011Week 7 Football - Northeast vs. Coahoma
Football10/8/2011Week 6 Football - East MS vs. Northeast

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Football10/05/2013MS Army National Guard Game of the Week
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Football10/8/2011JUCO Weekly Game of the Week - East MS vs. Northeast
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FootballDonnell ChapmanNortheast MSTE Missouri Southern State University
FootballJ.R. WhiteNortheast MSLB North Alabama
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FootballJay JonesNortheast MSRB South Alabama
FootballJonathan HarrisonNortheast MSP Central Arkansas
FootballLogan StokesNortheast MSTE LSU
FootballLavon HooksNortheast MSDL Ole MIss
FootballDeion BelueNortheast MSDB Alabama
FootballAnthony BrownNortheast MSMLB Memphis
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