Win puts Gene Bess 2 shy of 1,300; TRC women extend win streak to 10
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — The Three Rivers College men's basketball team earned an 85-79 win at ASU-Mid South on Monday night as coach Gene Bess earned win No. 1,298.
The Raiders (17-10) led by eight with 6 1/2 minutes remaining but the Greyhounds, ranked No. 19 in Division II, answered with a 7-1 run to get within a basket.
Dionte Raines sank a 3-pointer for Three Rivers after the teams traded turnovers but sank four foul shots to cut the Raiders lead to 72-71. Following a free throw by Willie Lucas, the Raiders got the ball back when the Greyhounds committed a shot-clock violation with two minutes remaining.
Tallon Fonda then beat the shot-clock buzzer and Kinyon Hodges came away with a defensive rebound on the other end and was sent to the line where he made both shots for a six-point advantage. Rains later split two foul shots for a 78-71 lead with 55 seconds left, but consecutive 3-pointers cut the lead to 80-77.
Hodges sank two more foul shots with 16 seconds left and Rains added two more to seal the win.
Over the final 2 1/2 minutes the Raiders sank 11 of 14 foul shots.
Three Rivers returns to Region XVI play Saturday when Mineral Area, No. 5 in Division I, comes to the Libla Family Sports Complex for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The Cardinals (24-1) won the previous meeting 76-75 on Jan. 4.
Deanay Watson had a double-double and was one of six Three Rivers players to reach double figures in scoring in a 102-57 win at ASU-Mid South on Monday night.
The Raiders, ranked No. 25 in the latest NJCAA Division I poll, extended their win streak to 10 by quickly building a 14-point lead in the first quarter.
Watson scored 19 points to go with 12 rebounds while Jordan Little also had a game-high 19 points. Myia Yelder and Autumn Dodd each scored 11 points while Hannah Thurmon and Chaylea Mosby each chipped in 10 for the Raiders (22-5).
ASU-Mid South (7-15) shot 31.9% from the field, including 1 of 11 from 3-point range, and the Raiders finished plus-6 on rebounds. Three Rivers forced 26 turnovers leading to 29 points.
The Raiders, who led 56-29 at halftime, finished 22 of 24 at the foul line.