by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Craig Massee Real Estate Classic opened up play tonight (Dec. 29) with UNC Pembroke (5-5) coming back in game one to take the 65-63 nail-biter over Tuskegee University (2-4), while tournament host Georgia College & State University's (6-3) beat Lincoln Memorial University (2-7) 75-70.
The Tuskegee Golden Tigers dominated the first half of game one, heading to the locker rooms with a half-time score of 38-21. Tequila Martin led the team with 15 points, five assists and three steals, while snagging eight defensive boards and swatting one. Jennifer Anoka helped with 10 points and four rebounds, while Alicia Barnes recorded a game-high of 11 boards with eight points.
TU led by as much as 20 points with 13 minutes and 35 seconds left in the second half, but the Braves battled back. Pembroke's JaToya Kemp put up a game-high 16 points with a team high of nine rebounds, while Briana Stanton added 10 points and eight boards before fouling out of the contest. Chevoya Jackson also recorded nine points with three assists and five steals.
UNCP proved to be a second-half team by out-scoring the Golden Bears 44-25 in the period. However, Tuskegee won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding the Braves 52-45.
Game two of the Craig Massee Classic was also an exciting contest, as junior Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.) was lights out, leading Georgia College in scoring for the fourth-straight game, putting up a season high of 28 points. She tallied 11 field goals and three three-pointers, while going 3-for-4 from the line. Jordan also led the team in steals with three.
Up 34-32 at the half, the Bobcats took their biggest lead of the contest with 16:57 left in the second half, up nine points over the Railsplitters. LMU fought back, knotting things up 47-47 with just over 12 minutes left to play. The contest saw 11 lead changes with the score tied six times.
Down 72-70 with 37 seconds left to play, Lincoln Memorial's Dayshalee Salaman had what appeared to be an open layup until Georgia College's Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.) came out of nowhere to collect her second block of the night. The 6-foot-2 Reames pulled in the rebound and found Jordan open down court. Jordan then put the proverbial nail in the Railsplitters' coffin draining a three with 12 seconds left, resulting in the final score 75-70.
Reames recorded her third double-double of the season tonight, putting up 10 points and 11 rebounds. Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) assisted in the scoring efforts with 12 points, while Tammeshia Law (Athens, Ga.) tallied seven points with 10 boards. Moore also had five assists.
The Bobcats out-rebounded the Railsplitters 39-37, while also shooting 70.0 from the charity stripe compared to LMU's 56.3.
The Third Annual Craig Massee Real Estate Classic finishes up tomorrow, Dec. 30 as UNC Pembroke takes on Lincoln Memorial at 1 p.m. and Georgia College faces off with Tuskegee at 3 p.m.
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