Wolves go 2 overtimes to ambush Pearl River
WESSON – The Co-Lin Wolves wouldn’t quit. It took two overtimesbut the Wolves produced a three-point play with 3.7 seconds leftand stunned the No. 19 nationally-ranked Pearl River CommunityCollege Wildcats for a 91-88 South Division victory Monday night inMullen Gymnasium.
In the second OT, the Wolves and Wildcats were deadlocked at88-all when Co-Lin sophomore guard Jason Scott was fouled by PearlRiver’s 6-7 center Ray Selvage. It was Selvage’s fifth foul andScott went to the free-throw line. Scott made the first free throwand missed the second one for an 89-88 lead. Teammate James Hathorngrabbed the offensive rebound and slammed it in for a three-pointvictory with no time left to play.
“Hathorn played really well,” said Co-Lin men’s coach DennisSims following the win. “He has a lot of energy.”
Hathorn, a sophomore forward from Brookhaven, finished the gamewith 10 points and eight rebounds. Scott led the Wolves with 33points and 10 rebounds.
The Wolves avenged a 71-60, loss they suffered back on Jan. 16at Poplarville.
“It was one of our better games,” explained Sims. “It wasphysical. It was a game you had to adjust to and we did. The kidsplayed hard.”
The win improved the Wolves’ record to 4-7 in the division and10-12 overall.
Pearl River, coached by Richard Mathis, fell to 18-4 overall and8-3 in division play.
Adding support to the Co-Lin win with 17 points and four assistswas Jerimie Collier. Derrick Jarvis finished with 10 points.
For the Wildcats, sophomore guard Yandell Brown of Eastman, Ga.,lit up the scoreboard with 34 points (including four 3-pointers)and nine assists. Selvage, a 6-7 freshman center from Baton Rouge,fired in 18 points and led off the backboards with 15 rebounds.Netting 17 points was Keesler Johnson of Hattiesburg, including 3treys.
The Wolves took a 46-41 lead over the Wildcats at halftimefollowing a basket apiece from sophomore guard Elliott Cowart andHathorn. At the end of regulation, Scott’s final shot missed itsmark and the teams were tied at 72-72.
In the first overtime, Scott came through in the final secondswith a jumper to tie the game at 84-all and send it into the secondOT.
The Co-Lin teams visit East Central Thursday night in Decaturfor two games. They return to campus on Monday, Feb. 17, to hostSouthwest for a doubleheader.