WESSON, Miss. – The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves fell to the Pearl River Community College Wildcats Thursday night, 79-75, in a contest that decided the MACJC South Division champions. The game had highs and lows for both teams as the Wolves led by as many as 18 points, while PRCC led by as much as seven. The loss moves Co-Lin to 19-4 on the year and 10-4 in division play, which secures a second place finish in the division. The Wolves will take on Northeast Community College in the opening round of the MACJC State Tournament this Monday, February 26 at 5 p.m. on the campus of Northwest Community College in Senatobia, Miss. Fans can watch the game live at www.nwccrangers.com/watch or listen live WMJU 104.3 FM in Brookhaven.
"We missed some shots that we normally make, and they did a good adjusting their defense to stop us," said Co-Lin head coach Kenny Bizot. "It's a difficult loss, especially on sophomore night, but the fortunate thing is we still have more basketball games to play…I'm disappointed to be on the losing end, but it was a good battle and both teams played good basketball."
The Wolves poured in the baskets in the final minutes of the first half after the game was tied for the fourth time at 13 with 10:26 left in the half. A layup from Miles Daniels ignited a 21-3 Co-Lin run that saw baskets from Jonathan Floyd, Youry White, and Damarius Brooks. The offensive explosion gave the Wolves their largest lead of the night, 18 points, 43-16, with 4:30 remaining in the half.
PRCC bounced back in the final minutes with a 9-2 run that was finally broken by two free throws from Floyd. The Wolves took a nine point, 38-29 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, the Wildcats seemed to be unable to miss. PRCC began chipping away at the Wolves' lead and took over, 48-47, with 11:32 remaining in the game. This was PRCC's first lead since 15:43 in the first half.
Co-Lin tied the game three times over the next three minutes, but the Wildcats took a one point, 60-59 advantage after a pair of free throws from Cameron Douglas, with 8:03 remaining.
The Wolves were unable to take to the lead for the remainder of the contest as PRCC grew the lead over the final minutes. Co-Lin battled back as Floyd hit a big three pointer and was solid at the line, but the late push fell just short as the Wildcats escaped Wesson with a 79-75 win.
Floyd led the Wolves with 23 points, his fourth 20-point performance in a row. White recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Daniels scored 14 after going 4-for-6 from three point range. Darrian Wilson and Anthony Jones both score eight on the night. Brooks and Floyd led the Wolves with four assists each.
Jonas James III led PRCC with 15 points, while Eric Thornton Jr. poured in 14. Rodney Mallett rounded out the Wildcats' double-digit scorers with 13. Douglas Cameron led PRCC with nine rebounds while Jartavius Dobbs posted seven blocks
Co-Lin shot 37 percent (27-for-74) from the field, 41 percent (9-for-22) from the three-point line, and 86 percent (12-for-14) from the foul stripe. The Wildcats finished the night shooting 52 percent (25-for-48) from the field, 46 percent (5-for-11) from beyond the arc, and 73 percent (24-for-33) from the free throw line.
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