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The Jackson Sun, Jackson, Tennessee, Tuesday, January 31, 1 978 3 A Jackson State Keeps hin Up esoite Losses f wjryy rs By DAN MORRIS Sun Sports Staff After a double loss to visiting Columbia State, one might have expected expected some weeping and wailing from Jackson State's basketball coaches Monday night. Not so. Though disappointed with losing, both Jim Hart and Jeff Hopkins Hopkins expressed pride and optimism in their respective JSCC teams. "We played about as well as we could play," declared Hart, whose Generals dropped a 101-96 101-96 101-96 decision. "I was real pleased with our effort. I feel if we continue to play like we have in our last two games, we'll make the (junior college) playoffs." "Most of our remaining conference conference games are at home, and I believe a team will be able to make the playoffs with five (league) losses." continued Hart, whose squad is now 6-9 6-9 6-9 overall and 1-4 1-4 1-4 in conference action. Columbia State, now 13-5 13-5 13-5 overall and 3-2 3-2 3-2 in league play,; muscled its way past the Generals with superb performances from forward Kenneth Offut and sophomore center James Dumes. Dumes, a 6-foot-6, 6-foot-6, 6-foot-6, 6-foot-6, 6-foot-6, 230-pound 230-pound 230-pound dominator, helped dump the Generals Generals with 18 rebounds and 27 points, including six slam dunks. Offut contributed contributed 28 points. "They just physically beat us inside," inside," said Hart. "Dumes is bigger and quicker than anything we have. He's what you call a man." Columbia Coach Gene McBee said he's had trouble keeping the big guy in his lineup. "He usually gets in foul trouble," McBee said of Dumes. "But we backed off and didn't play much defense tonight .and let him play ball." Columbia led 52-45 52-45 52-45 at intermission and held a 13-point 13-point 13-point advantage with 16 minutes remaining. But JSCC, sparked by Jerry Robertson and Larry Robinson, cut that lead to four, 66-62, 66-62, 66-62, at the 12:25 mark. Columbia, controlling the boards, managed to stay on top with inside baskets. Dumes completed his performance performance appropriately, breaking the century mark with a final slam dunk. The Chargers hit 47 of 83 attempts from the field (56 percent) and 7 of 12 free throws. Robertson, JSCC's gifted forward, paced his club with 29 points and 12 rebounds. Robinson added 20 points. The Generals made 42 of 86 shots from the field (49 percent) and 12 of 21 free throws. Columbia 77, JSCC 76: Coach Hopkins' Lady Generals staged a dramatic comeback but fell short while suffering their first conference conference loss. Down 71-60 71-60 71-60 with less than six minutes remaining, JSCC's women made key steals and forced crucial turnovers to pull within one. 73-72. 73-72. 73-72. at the 1:29 mark. Back-to-back Back-to-back Back-to-back Back-to-back Back-to-back jump shots by Vanassa Chism kept the Lady Generals only a point behind, but Columbia's Josephine Wright sank two free throws with seven seconds left to ensure her team's victory. "I'm very proud of our effort," said Hopkins, whose unit is now 8-5 8-5 8-5 overall and 4-1 4-1 4-1 in league action. "Columbia is the defending conference conference champ and they have everybody everybody back from last year's team. We gave them all they wanted tonight tonight and showed a lot of character by battling back at the end." "We're, still in the conference race," Hopkins continued. "The top two teams in our division go to the Region 7 junior college tournament. We've only lost to Columbia, and if,' .jp Mi v":x-:::.:.-...-.v v":x-:::.:.-...-.v v":x-:::.:.-...-.v v":x-:::.:.-...-.v v":x-:::.:.-...-.v v":x-:::.:.-...-.v v":x-:::.:.-...-.v KvMC: . S .h ' - lift V-r V-r V-r 1 VJ. . I t i ri ".ft: .mfrir--' .mfrir--' .mfrir--' .mfrir--' Sun Photo bv Bill Cox Jackson State's Larry Robinson (24) goes up for a shot JSCC. Robinson netted 20 points in the Generals' in Monday's game with visiting Columbia State at 101-96 101-96 101-96 loss. we've got one more shot at them. We've got to make some defensive adjustments, but we're playing good basketball now. "Columbia just shot well and did the things it had to do to win it tonight." JSCC had won six straight five on the road prior to this loss. It shot 42.8 percent from the field against Columbia and made 10 of 16 free throws. Ann Jones led the Lady Generals with 22 points while Renee Ellis added 20 points. Becky Dye came off the bench to net seven' points and a game-high game-high game-high 13 rebounds. Columbia, now 8-4 8-4 8-4 overall and 5-0 5-0 5-0 in conference play, was led by Wanda Wanda Beckham's 32 points. Wright contributed 23. Complete results in Scoreboard.