East Mississippi wins MACJC Men's Basketball Championship

ELLISVILLE, Miss. -- Coach Billy Begley and his East Mississippi Lions entered 2019 with a record of 6-4, ending 2018 with three straight wins after a sluggish start.

The Lions rattled off 13 wins in their next 16 games, capping it off with a 61-58 victory over Jones College in Thursday's MACJC State Championship game. The championship is the first basketball state title for EMCC in the modern era.

East posted a perfect February record, winning their ninth game in a row with the victory over the Bobcats. Dewayne Cox led the Lions with his second career double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. He also added five assists and four steals on the evening.

EMCC will face Holmes in the Region 23 tournament next week at Mississippi College in Clinton.