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West Point hold off Titans, 80-54

November 18, 2011

CRAWFORD – On the road for the third consecutive ball game, West Point didn’t look out of sync. The Green Wave outscored East Oktibbeha 23-3 in the third quarter, sealing their second straight win Thursday night, 80-54.

At half time, head coach Brad Cox told his players that two things would happen in the third, the Titans would make a run and get back in the ball game down by 11, or West Point would blow the game out. That was enough motivation.

“That’s something that last year, we didn’t really have that killer instinct,” he said. “I was really proud that we didn’t let them hang around and that we finished it.”

The Titans, who dropped to 1-3, were looking for Chris Harris, who’s been averaging over 17 points, to have a good ball game. West Point was determined to shut him down inside the paint, holding him to just 11 points.

West Point got off to a solid start, knocking down 20 and 22 points respectively in the first half before breaking the game wide open in the third period.

The Green Wave had three players finish in double figures led by Cortez Malone with 23. Darryl Thomas chipped in 13 while Tyrone Saverson had 10. Keon McKinney had a team-high seven steals with six points.

Cox said he doesn’t care who gets the most points every night, because he knows it’s a complete team effort. The players see that too.

“They’re settling into their roles a little more,” he said. “I’d much rather have five or six guys with 10 points than one guy with 20. If someone’s hot, he needs to touch the ball a little more. We’re really coming together as a team.”

The Green Wave have been finally able to play the way they would like, letting the defense dictate the offense and the key is getting stops.

Monday, the Green Wave continues their road trip when they travel to Dekalb to battle with Kemper County. The 3-2 Wildcats have won three in a row after a shaky start to the season which included victories over Tupleo and Louisville.

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