Lions breeze by Choctaws

North Alabama continued its winning streak with its fourth win in a row over Mississippi College, 93-70.

UNA had strong showings from both seniors Dimario Jackson and Austin Timms in the win. Jackson scored 23 points and shot 8-11 from the field and had a team-high six assists. Timms recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

“We went through that losing streak, we had to stay focused.” Jackson said. “We can’t stop now until we hit the top.”

Lions head coach Bobby Champagne said he noticed Jackson’s leadership mentality.

“He’s the hardest worker, and everyone respects him,” he said.

The Lions dominated the boards collecting 47 rebounds to the Choctaw’s 34.

Myrek Lee-Fowlkes was the Lion’s second leading scorer with 15 points. Jeff Hodge Jr. added 10 points, while also shooting 3-4 from three-point range.

UNA swept Mississippi College on the season after Thursday’s win. The Lions improved to 6-6 in Gulf South Conference play and will look to make it another win on Saturday. They now hold sole possession of sixth place in the GSC standings.

UNA will face-off against Delta State Saturday in a home GSC matchup Jan. 28 in Flowers Hall at 3 p.m.

“Delta State is a tough team,” Champagne said. “Since our last game against Delta State, we have played with a better energy on both ends of the court. That’s why we are having success.”

The Statesmen come to Florence off of a 77-72 defeat at Alabama-Huntsville in the middle of a three game losing streak. The Lions will travel to Huntsville Jan. 30 to face UAH following the Delta State game.