EUNICE, La. - The Wolves of Copiah-Lincoln Community College fell to 0-2 on Thursday after an 87-69 loss to the LSU Eunice Bengals. The loss improves the Bengals to 3-0 on the year. The Wolves are on the road again next week as the team travels to Moorhead, Miss. to face the Mississippi Delta Trojans. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.
The Wolves were in the game early as the team leaped out to a 7-3 in the first three minutes of play. Unfortunately, that lead was short-lived as the Bengals rallied back on a 17-2 run led by Mamady Djinkine. Dayquan Perkins stopped the scoring spree with a layup, but the Bengals followed with another offensive burst, this time an 8-0 run. Midway through the first half, the Wolves trailed 28-11. The remainder of the second half was much of the same as the Wolves battled to get back into the game, cutting the lead to as few as 10, 32-22. At the break, the Bengals led the Wolves 50-29, after another big run capped by a three-pointer at the buzzer.
The Wolves refused to give in the second half as they continued to fight for every point available, but the team ultimately fell 87-69.
Cameron Woodall led the Wolves in the scoring column as the sophomore piled up 21-points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor. Dajon Whitworth had a good outing with 10 points, while Je'Kevious Williams, Lance Madison, and Perkins all finished with seven. Woodall, Williams, Madison, Perkins, and JD Allen all posted a team-high five rebounds. Isaiah Payne led LSU Eunice with 22 points after hitting 4-of-7 three-pointers, while Djikine, Tyrone Hugue, and Jonathan Cisse posted 14 points each.
Co-Lin shot 35 percent (25-of-72) from the floor, 17 percent (4-of-24) from three-point range, and 54 percent (15-of-28) from the free-throw line. The Bengals shot 45 percent (34-of-76) from the floor, 34 percent (11-of-32) from downtown, and 73 percent (8-of-11) from the stripe. Despite the loss, the Wolves outrebounded the Bengals 49 to 48.