NICEVILLE, Fla. – No. 18 Northwest Florida held East Mississippi to under 30 percent shooting from the field en route to a 67-53 win in Raider Arena Thursday.
The Raiders (6-1) slowed a Lion offense that entered the NWF Classic averaging 85.8 points per game. East Mississippi (5-2) managed to convert just 4-of-17 shots from 3-point range and were outrebounded 45-40.
Anthony Mason was excellent for NWF finishing with eight points on 4-of-7 shooting with nine rebounds and five blocks.
Northwest Florida commanded most of the game leading by as many as 19 points and held the lead for 34:47 of the game.
The Raiders return to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday when the team takes on No. 3 Indian Hills. The Warriors fell, 61-60, to Gulf Coast in the tournament's opening game.
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