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McVay's 30-Point Night Not Enough, Rangers Fall at Region XXIII
March 9, 2012By Kevin Maloney of NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE
CLINTON, Miss. – The 2011-12 Northwest men's basketball season came to a disappointing close Thursday night at A.E. Wood Coliseum, as the Rangers were defeated 83-77 by Southern-Shreveport in the quarterfinal round of the Region XXIII Tournament. | Game Box
Despite a career-high 32 points from freshman DeMarcus McVay on 15-of-19 shooting and a double-double from Darius Woods with 11 points and 10 assists, Northwest could not overcome 60 percent shooting from the Jaguars and 11-of-18 3s on the night.
Northwest ended its season at 12-12 overall while SU-Shreveport improved to 20-7 overall and will meet 15th-ranked Gulf Coast at 8 p.m. Friday night in the semifinals.
Northwest led just once the entire night, 6-4 at the 2:46-mark, and played from behind the rest of the way.
Domonique Harris' 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer brought Northwest within 40-32 after they trailed by as many as 11 on two separate occasions.
Trailing 47-34 with 18:09 to play, the Rangers strung together a 11-2 run thanks to combined buckets from McVay and Harris, and pulled with four at the 14:24-mark.
But SU-Shreveport continued to push the lead back out around the 6-8 point range and would not allow Northwest any closer than four again until the game's final five minutes.
Northwest finally rallied to tie the game at 77-77 with 2:07 remaining, using a Kenyatta Jones 3-pointer on the right wing off a Woods assist. It was the first tie of the game since the 16:53-mark of the first half, a stretch of almost 35 minutes.
With the momentum clearly in favor of Northwest, the biggest play of the night came a possession later for the Jaguars. After Corey Blake's missed 3-pointer, Marcus Sheppard snuck behind a defender and tapped the offensive rebound up-and-in for the game's winning bucket.
SU-Shreveport would then close out the victory with clutch free throws to advance.
Four Jaguars finished in double figures, led by 23 points from Blake (17 in the first half), 21 from Sheppard, 18 from Tydrick King and 10 by J.J. James. Behind McVay's huge 30-point night, Harris had 18 points, Woods had 11 and Tevin Moore pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds off the bench.
Dressing out for a final time for Northwest were sophomores Darius Woods, Everick Morris, Willie Williams, Caleb Van Tassell and Antonio Jones.