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GRCC 95, Jackson College 77: Second half-changes fuel Raiders

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By John Rothwell – Collegiate Staff

The Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team defeated the Jackson College Jets 95-77 Friday at the Ford Fieldhouse.

A fast start out of the gate put GRCC on a 15-2 run to start the game. Keeping that pacethey would lead 26-12 with 8:49 left in the first half. A shift in momentum saw Jackson College take control of the game and GRCC headed into the locker room trailing the Jets 35-33.

“It was a good first half by us,” Jackson College coach Carl Thomas said. “We played the pace that we wanted to play at.

“The first four minutes to the second half and the pressure that Grand Rapids put on us was the key to the game.”

With GRCC head coach David Selmon absent due to illness, assistant coach John Hunt took over the duties of leading the Raiders.

“Tonight was a tough battle,” Hunt said. “We preached defense at half time”

The preaching worked as GRCC switched up its defense scheme and stymied Jackson College for the second half.

“With missing coach Selmon everything was kind of lackadaisical and we were arguing as a team,” sophomore guard DeMarkus Stuckey said. “In the second half we came together as a team and took the lead. We never looked back.”

Cameron Burhannon led all scorers with 24 points, adding 12 rebounds for a double-double. DeMarkus Stuckey tallied 22 points and Calvin Ward III totaled 7 assists.

GRCC (15-8, 9-4) will play Lansing Community College (15-9, 7-4), at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Lansing.