Defense lifts Co-Lin Wolves

Published 6:00 am Thursday, January 10, 2008

WESSON — Co-Lin passed its first South Division test of theseason Monday night, beating the Pearl River Community CollegeWildcats 54-48 in Mullen Gymnasium. The Wolves were directed byguard Trent Hutchin’s 14 points, followed by Anthony Wilcher with12 and Greg Truvillion with 10.

The Wolves (7-4, 1-0) rebounded from a disappointing performanceagainst Northeast last Thursday in Mullen gym. Co-Lin head coachDennis Sims said the improvement was evident on defense.

“Defensively, it was totally different than last time,” saidSims. “We guarded and rebounded better.”

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Truvillion, working at center, encountered foul trouble butHutchin took up the offensive slack, hitting several key shots andkeeping the Wildcats (7-5, 0-1) down.

“Hutchin got open to take shots at the end,” said Sims. “We wereable to slow down the game.”

Pearl River coach Richard Mathis said Co-Lin set the game’stempo. “Co-Lin guarded us really well and made us do thingsdifferently. They also made us guard them by slowing down thegame.

“Co-Lin was well-coached and took us out of our game plan,”Mathis pointed out.

The Wolfpack got 6 assists and 3 steals from guard Corey London.Guard Julius Blanked grabbed 6 rebounds. As a team, Co-Lin made 76percent of its free throws.

Co-Lin made 40 percent of its field goal attempts, compared toPRCC’s 39 percent.

Pearl River got 13 points each from Jovanni Sims, a 6-5sophomore forward from Milwaukee, Wis., and Jamarcus Jackson, a 6-4sophomore forward from Hattiesburg.

Co-Lin plays a South Division twinbill at archrival SouthwestThursday night, starting with the women’s game at 5 p.m.