Cougars split weekend series


Posted 11/14/17

The Cleveland State Community College Cougars split a weekend basketball series with a win over Dyersburg State and a loss to Southwest Tennessee.The win and loss gives Cleveland state at 3-2 record …

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Cougars split weekend series

The Cleveland State Community College Cougars split a weekend basketball series with a win over Dyersburg State and a loss to Southwest Tennessee.

The win and loss gives Cleveland state at 3-2 record the year, with a three-game homestand starting tonight.

Defeating Dyersburg State 87-66, the Cougars were led by sophomore forward,Victor Curry. Curry threw down a massive double-double, racking up 25 points on 6 for 16 shooting and 21 rebounds. With an impressive showing on the boards, Curry is currently ranked fifth in total rebounds in the NJCAA.

Also contributing big was Tevin Olison, who scored 16 points on 3 for 6 shooting. Olison was perfect at the line, knocking down all eight of his free throws. Darius Thurman also had a solid game, delivering 11 points and six rebounds.

The difference was the domination of the boards by the Cougars. Cleveland State outrebounded Dyersburg 50 to 28 in Friday's game.

Losing to Southwest Tennessee, 78-55, the Cougars were led by Olison, who scored 17 points on 7 for 20 shooting. Also in the mix was Curry who added 11 points, five rebounds, and two blocks. Domont'a Wright had a solid game off the bench, totaling nine points on 4 for 7 shooting, eight rebounds and an assist.

With a three-game week now in focus and only four games left in November, the Cougars will look to enter Christmas break strong, before they gear up for a second half push.

Cleveland State will take on Wallace State tonight, Jackson State Friday and Columbia State Saturday. The two latter games will be key as both opponents are NJCAA Region 7 battles. CSCC defends its home court  tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Lady Cougars
drop 2 on road

The Cleveland State Community College Lady Cougars moved to 2-2 on the young season with losses against Dyersburg State and Southwest Tennessee last weekend.

But, with CSCC looking at a three-game week, the Lady Cougars will look to right the ship.

"Our main focus entering this week is to get some wins. We've got to stay healthy and stay together," said head coach Evelyn Thompson.

Losing to Dyersburg State, 70-55, Abby Hubert led the Lady Cougars totaling 17 points on 7 for 19 shooting and six rebounds. Also in the mix was Hannah Philps who served up 14 points on 6 for 11 shooting with three rebounds, an assist, and a steal. Julia Gaither played the role of pickpocket in this one, with four steals while Ebony Kelley had a nice game on the boards racking up 10 rebounds.

The loss to Southwest Tennessee was a heartbreaker, with the Lady Cougars dropping this one 63-60.

Kelley led the Lady Cougars laying down 27 points on an impressive 11 for 15 shooting performance. She also snagged eight rebounds with four steals. Gaither added nine points with six assists and four steals while Kyla Braden also scored nine points with seven rebounds and five assists.

Looking toward matchups against Wallace State, Jackson State, and Columbia State, the Lady Cougars will try to jump back into the win column.

"These are all tough opponents. We have no choice but to be prepared this week. No one will just give us the game, we've got to work hard and earn the win," said Thompson.

The Lady Cougars tip off their three-game home stand against Wallace State at 5:30 p.m.


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