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MSC HOOPS -- Phoenix teams exit early

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Men, women ousted March 3
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Brandon Bob Jones and Chris Johnson each posted double-doubles in No. 9-seed St. Catharine's (Ky.) 69-63 win over No. 8-seed Cumberland Thursday at the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament at the Frankfort Convention Center.

Leading 33-27 at intermission, St. Catharine never trailed in the second half, but could never shake the Phoenix (12-18) -- marking the 12th defeat this season by single digits for the team.

Coach Lonnie Thompson's team tied the game at 44-44 at the 12-minute mark of the game, but failed to retake a lead in the second half.

Marquel Hickerson led the Phoenix with 20 points while Mark Brown added 19 points.

Cumberland managed just 36.7 percent (22-of-60) shooting in the game.

(women) Lindsey Wilson 62, Cumberland 52
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Chanel Roberts scored 10 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter and 18th-ranked Lindsey Wilson made 6-of-8 foul shots in the final period to pull away for a 61-52 win over Cumberland Thursday afternoon at the Frankfort Convention Center.

With the loss Cumberland (17-11) must wait until next week to find out if they will receive an at-large berth into the NAIA National Championships, which are set for March 16-22 in Independence, Mo.

Cumberland led by one at the half and Terra Pryor's 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter tied the game at 38-all, but Roberts and Kayla Styles combined for 13 of the Blue Raiders' first 17 points in the period.

Every time the Phoenix pulled close, Roberts would step up and make a midrange jumper or an acrobatic layup.

Chelsey Hall netted 10 of her 15 points in the third quarter, keeping her club in the game, while Nicole Bowers finished with 14 points, 12 of those in the first half. Jalita Fason added 10 points off the bench. Cumberland also made just 8-of-17 at the foul line in the loss.

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