February 14, 2005
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SALUQIS DEFEAT JACKSON AND COLUMBIA, CLINCH WEST DIVISION TITLE
Written by Keith Gentry
The 19th-ranked Southwest men’s basketball team defeated Jackson State
and Columbia State last week to extend its winning streak to 12 games
and clinch the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic
Association West Division regular season championship. With the two
wins, the Saluqis improve to 19-5 overall and 13-2 in the TJCCAA with
one game remaining (Volunteer State at home on February 26.)
On Thursday night, the Saluqis shot a torrid 59 percent from the field
in a 107-83 win over Jackson State in Southwest’s Homecoming Game at the
Verties Sails Gymnasium. Rasuul Buluu scored 27 points and grabbed 11
rebounds, and A.J. Pigram scored 23 points to lead the Saluqis to
victory. Other top performers against Jackson State were Dee Burchett
(14 points), Lester Hudson (12 points), Jeremy Marrs (12 rebounds, six
blocked shots), and Nick Covington (seven assists).
Southwest traveled to Columbia, Tennessee on Saturday afternoon to take
on Columbia State and came away with a 111-89 victory. Down 42-40 at the
half, the Saluqis went on an unbelievable 45-19 run during the first ten
minutes of the second half. In the second half, the Saluqis shot 63
percent from the field, including seven three point field goals.
Southwest was led in scoring by A.J. Pigram, who scored 20 points and
made five three point field goals. Also in double figures were Nick
Covington (17 points, six assists), Lester Hudson (17 points), Rasuul
Buluu (16 points), and Dee Burchett (11 points).
LADY SALUQIS SPLIT TWO GAMES LAST WEEK, REMAIN IN FIRST PLACE
The Southwest women’s basketball team defeated Jackson State and lost to
Columbia State last week. Their record now stands at 16-8 overall and
9-6 in the TJCCAA West Division. With one game remaining (against Vol
State at home on February 26), the Lady Saluqis are in first place in
the West, one game ahead of Saint Catharine, and have clinched at least
a tie for the division title.
On Thursday night at the Verties Sails Gymnasium, the Lady Saluqis
defeated Jackson State 72-56 in the College’s Homecoming Game. Three
players scored in double figures, led by Kenya Moore’s 18 points. Other
top scorers were Mary Brown (13 points) and Ashley Mason (12 points).
Imesia Jackson added nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Southwest women dropped a 72-70 decision to Columbia State on
Saturday afternoon in Columbia, Tennessee. Ashley Mason scored 17 points
to lead four double figure scorers. Imesia Jackson scored 13 points and
also led the team with 13 rebounds. Also in double figures were Lakeisha
Jackson (14 points) and Kenya Moore (10 points).