CLINTON, Miss. – The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves fell to Holmes 74-60 in the opening round of the NJCAA Region XXIII Tournament as the Bulldogs shot a staggering 84 percent in the second half. The loss ends the Wolves' season, but Co-Lin posted an impressive 19-6 overall record and ended the regular season runner-up in the MACJC South Division with a 10-4 record.
Co-Lin started the game well and led by four, 9-5, with 16:34 remaining, but the Bulldogs tied the game at 11-all a few minutes later with a Just Johnson three-pointer. The Wolves regained the lead moments later after Damarius Brooks drove into the paint for a layup.
Holmes tied the game for the second time in the contest at 17 apiece with 11:30 remaining in the first half, before going on an offensive tear. Holmes' Trevais Spencer hit three straight three-pointers in the midst of an 18-2 Bulldog run. The swing in momentum gave the Bulldogs a 35-19 lead with 3:26 on the clock.
The Wolves battled back in the final minutes of the first half and cut the lead to just 10, 37-27, with a Brooks three-pointer and a nice drive from Jonathan Floyd.
The second half was all Holmes as the Bulldogs missed just three shots from the floor the entire half. The Wolves tried to fight back with three-pointers on the offensive end, but Co-Lin could not get them to fall.
The Bulldogs pulled away to a game-high 24-point lead with 11:34 remaining in the game. The Wolves refused to give in and battled back throughout the final minutes of the contest, but could not go on an offensive run. The Wolves cut the lead to 14, 74-60, with a pair of Youry White free throws with 11 seconds left. That score would hold for the final.
Anthony Jones and Brooks led the Wolves with 13 points each. White posted a double-double with 11 points and team-high 10 rebounds, while Floyd scored nine.
Spencer led Holmes with 18 points, while Kassim Nicholson scored 16. Javon Franklin led the Bulldogs with nine rebounds and five blocks.
Co-Lin shot 34 percent (21-for-62) from the field, 30 percent (7-for-23) from the three-point line, and 79 percent (14-for-16) from the foul stripe. The Bulldogs finished the night shooting 68 percent (30-for-44) from the field, 54 percent (6-for-11) from beyond the arc, and 47 percent (8-for-17) from the free throw line.
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