Case scores season-high 22 in win over North Alabama
FLORENCE, Ala. — Senior Jay Case made a career-high six three-pointers and scored a season-high 22 points as the Mississippi College men’s basketball team won their fourth straight game with an 81-68 victory at the University of North Alabama on Monday night in Flowers Hall.
The Choctaws (6-4, 4-4 GSC) closed out a tough road trip that saw them pick up wins over Alabama Huntsville on Saturday and the Lions (5-7, 2-4 GSC) on Monday. After an 0-4 start in league play, the winning streak has them back to .500 in the GSC and 6-4, overall.
MC opened the game on a 16-5 run, but UNA would come back and a Calvin Dade layup with 4:13 remaining in the first half gave them a 31-30 advantage. The Choctaws would close the half on an 11-3 run to give them a 41-34 lead at halftime.
Junior Tristan Moore scored the first five points of the second half and pushed the lead out to 46-34 with 18:18 to go in the game. The Lions used a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 46-44, but Case nailed a long ball that spurred a 7-0 run and the Choctaws would coast the rest of the way.
Moore tied a season-high with 16 points and had a season-high eight rebounds in the game. He also had six steals, the most for a Choctaw since Turmonte Ragland in 2013, and four assists to run the efficient Choctaw offense that turned the ball over just 11 times.
Junior Tory Rice tallied his fifth double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while senior Rayner Fredrick scored nine points with four assists and three steals.
The Choctaws improved to 6-0 on the season when they hold their opponents under 50% shooting from the floor. The Lions went 25-of-64 (39%) from the field and just 8-of-28 (29%) from behind the three-point line.
Nathan Spehr led all scorers with 24 points for UNA, going 8-of-16 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Brandon Herman was also in double-figures with 19 points and nine rebounds.
The Choctaws will be back in action on Saturday afternoon when they return home to host Shorter University at 4:00 p.m. in A.E. Wood Coliseum.
by Ms. College Media Relations