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West Point falls at Tupelo on the hardwood

November 11, 2011

TUPLEO – Arrington Lenoir and Daryl Thomas combined for 49 points Thursday night, but after four periods of play, West Point just didn’t have enough in the tank as the Green Wave lost in OT to the Tupelo Golden Wave 82-76 in day two of the Tupelo Tip-Off Classic.

West Point had an eight point lead heading into the fourth quarter, before Tupelo began chipping away, and eventually cutting the deficit 67-65 with less than two minutes to play. Antonio Green sank five points including a pair of free-throws with 10 ticks left to play.

West Point, fresh off their first win of the season, found a spark in Starkville transfer Keon McKinney who drained a 3-pointer with three seconds to play and send it into OT.

The Golden Wave took over in the extra period, pacing West Point 12-6 to grad their second win on the season.

“Down the stretch, we missed a few free-throws and they hit some tough shots,” Cox said. “They weren’t open looks.”

West Point did get into some foul trouble late. Cortez Malone, who took just two shots the entire game and Laquante Gaston fouled out of the ball game forcing Cox to put some players at the guard spot where they weren’t comfortable playing at. Cox was pleased that those guys did step up when they needed to.

Lenoir finished a with a team-best 29 points while Thomas knocked down 20. Gaston nearly had a double-double with 10 point and nine boards.

The Green Wave dominated the board with 39 rebounds including Emmanuel Ford with nine.

Girls Tupelo 70 - West Point 57

Down by 15 points at the half, the Green Wave went on an 11-point run in the third quarter to cut the lead to five; that was as close as they would come.

“We won the second half, we just didn’t win the first,” head coach Murray Woody.”Part of that blame is on me. We have a lot of talent that once we can figure out how to execute, we’ll be pretty good. We just have a lot of work to do.”

Tavida McCrary led West Point with 24 points.

West Point travels to Kosciusko Saturday.

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