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GCC Men's Basketball Sweeps in Holiday Tournament

GCC Men's Basketball Sweeps in Holiday Tournament

The Genesee Community College men's basketball team won both games of the Cougar Holiday Classic this weekend, to improve to 10-2 on the year and end the first semester on a nine-game winning streak.

Genesee ended day one of the tournament with a win over the Community College of Rhode Island, 82-79.

Naquil Jones scored 16 first half points to help GCC to the lead at the break and finished with 29 in the game to lead all scorers.

A six-point lead swung the other way and Genesee found itself behind by as many as six in the second half, but converted 31 of 40 free-throws on the night, including key ones down the stretch, to come back and earn the win.

Jones also grabbed six rebounds for the Cougars. Ervin Mitchell and Gabriel Burroughs finished with 13 points apiece, Mitchell also collected six boards, Alex Morris chipped in nine points and Roderick Jones added five points.

On Sunday, the Cougars took down no.3 Community College of Beaver County, 101-97 in overtime.

Genesee battled back after falling behind by ten in the first half and tied the game at 28 apiece with eight-minutes remaining. CCBC took a two-point lead into halftime.

In the second half, GCC trailed by as many as 12-points before storming back to draw within two with under a minute to play.

With three-seconds remaining, Naquil Jones drove to the basket and tied the game at 83 and sent the contest into overtime.

In the extra session, Alex Morris scored six off GCC's first eight points to send the Cougars to an early lead. Genesee led by as many as eight-points in OT but CCBC fought back to within two with less than a minute to play.

The Cougars were able to hit free-throws down the stretch, and a last second chance from CCBC was unsuccessful and Genesee earned the win.

Naquil Jones led GCC with 27 points and he also had seven rebounds. Mitchell recorded a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds, Morris finished with 21 points and Redell Freeman added 13 points. The Cougars' bench outscored the Titans, 41-14.

Naquil Jones was named the tournament MVP and Mitchell was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Genesee will return to action after the break on January 4th at home against Cayuga Community College.