Lady Toppers romp; Toppers drop thriller

BLUE MOUNTAIN – Anna Lisa Powell poured in 25 points here Monday night to lead the Blue Mountain College Lady Toppers to a 90-49 season-opening win over Oakwood University.

In the men’s game, a flurry of second-half turnovers cost the Toppers a 13-point lead and the Ambassadors captured a 110-106 victory. BMC, 0-3, overcame an eight-point deficit in the early going to take a 52-49 lead at halftime.

LADY TOPPERS — Powell, a sophomore from North Pontotoc, hit 9 of 13 field goals, including 4 of 7 3-pointers, as the Lady Toppers jumped out to an early lead and never trailed. Junior forward Joy Pierce scored 11 points and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.

For Oakwood, 0-1, Courtney White had 12 points and Kimberly Pointer had 10.

BMC, which led 56-27 at halftime, out-rebounded the Lady Ambassadors 56-49, forced them into 49 turnovers, and shut them out from beyond the three-point line.

TOPPERS — The Toppers were led by a pair of Jones County Junior College transfers – Renell Collins and Lakendrick McCullum – with 29 and 27 points respectively. Freshman Mike Chatham from Collierville, Tenn., canned 12 for BMC and Itawamba Community College transfer Josh McCalmon scored 10 points and pulled down 8 rebounds.

Landon Bertram exploded for 45 points and 16 rebounds to lead Oakwood and Lenard Bryant had 20.

Blue Mountain plays host to Belhaven at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

LADY TOPPERS

OAKWOOD 49 — Rhoades 2, White 12, Francis 0, Nappier 0, Pointer 10, Williams 3, Guy 0, Baxter 0, Bean 7, Woodson 4, Hairston 2, Owolabi 0, Berry 9.

BLUE MOUNTAIN 90 –Pierce 11, Wright 7, McCormick 0, Beckham 8, Burgess 4, Davis 5, Hayles 9, Powell 25, Morris 6, Robinson 7, Underwood 6, Burns 2.

TOPPERS
OAKWOOD 110 — Bryant 20, Bushner 0, Bertram 45, Broome 12, Telesford 15, Long 1, Bushner 6, Richard 0, Bowman 0, Fitts 5, Willis 2, Word 0, Doggette 4, Garnett 0, Jacob 0.

BLUE MOUNTAIN 106 — Collins 29, McCalmon 10, Pressley 9, Ellis 3, McCullum 27, Hayles 2, Heard 0, Keller 0, Chatham 12, Harbor 0, Wilbanks 8, Flippo 0, Howell 0, Adams 8.

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