VINCENNES, Ind. — In a battle of top 20 teams in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll, Northeast Mississippi Community College fell to John A. Logan (Ill.) College by a score of 82-67 on Friday, November 12 at the P.E. Complex.
The Volunteers, who are the defending NJCAA Region 24 champions, are No. 3 in the first regular season poll. The Tigers, who are the defending Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference (MACCC) champions, appear at No. 18.
John A. Logan extended its lead to 10 points at halftime on a three-pointer just before the buzzer. The Volunteers (3-0) went on to start the second half on a 16-6 run.
Northeast (3-1) cut its deficit to eight points with less than four minutes remaining in the game. However, John A. Logan used the free throw line to its advantage throughout the game and was able to seal the win there.
The Volunteers made 24 of 26 free throw opportunities. The Tigers were 8 of 9 at the charity stripe.
Bradley University transfer Sean East led all scorers with 20 points for John A. Logan. All five starters reached double figures for the Volunteers while no bench players scored. Kylan Blackmon topped Northeast with 16 points. Steven Gentry and Jalin Rice added 12 points apiece as well.
Northeast completes the McDonald’s Classic by playing host Vincennes University on Saturday (November 13). Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the P.E. Complex. The game will air on the Black Channel of NEMCCTV and on the radio at WWMR 102.9 FM.