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Co-Lin roughs up Mary Holmes

WESSON – The Copiah-Lincoln Wolves broke a rough three-gamelosing streak in style Tuesday night as they blasted the MaryHolmes Community College Eagles 88-57 behind sophomore guard BruceSmith’s 15 points, nine assists, four rebounds and two steals.

In the girls contest, Co-Lin improved to 7-0 behind a forfeitfrom the Lady Eagles. Mary Holmes’ ladies are expected to beginplay in January.

The Wolves (3-4) opened the gates, early and often en route to a42-30 halftime advantage. Every players on the Wolves rosterreceived playing time during the first frame.

In the second half, Co-Lin exploded for 46 points, behind Smithand freshman Tim Horton and James Hawthorne’s breakout night.Horton, a 6-2 guard from Lawrence County, directed the Wolves inthe second half with numerous steals and rebounds. Hawthorne endedthe game with a crowd-pleasing alley-oop from Smith.

“Tim Horton and James Hawthorne played better tonight,” saidCo-Lin head men’s coach Dennis Sims. “Overall, we’re still makingmistakes but our players are still continuing to work hard andtrying to improve.”

Center Quentin Christian had 13 points for Co-Lin.

Sims’s Wolves will face their biggest game of the season Mondaynight as they travel to Perkinston to play South Division foe GulfCoast. Tipoffs are set for 6 p.m. for the women’s game while themen start at 7:45.

@Bbstandings:MEN

Co-Lin 88, Mary Holmes 57

Mary Holmes (57) Jerricole Goree 12, Charlie Shells 12,Jackson 11, Sanders 8, Clark 6, Milton 6, Sandifer 6, Wilson2.

Co-Lin (88) Bruce Smith 15, Christian 13, Collier 12,Horton 10, Hawthorne 8, Mikell 6, Black 4, Bryant 4, Allen 3,Fitzsimmons 2.

Halftime score: Co-Lin 40. Mary Holmes 32.

Total fouls: Mary Holmes 18. Co-Lin 10. Fouled out-None.Technicals-None.

Free throws M-A: Co-Lin 21-29. Mary Holmes7-8.