Co-Lin men bag OT win; Lady Wolves in cold loss

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, January 23, 2008

PERKINSTON — The Co-Lin Wolves outscored the Mississippi GulfCoast Community College Bulldogs 13-8 in overtime to bring home atough 82-77 South Division win Tuesday night. At the end ofregulation, the teams were deadlocked 69-all.

Women’s action saw Gulf Coast take a 49-39 victory overcold-shooting Co-Lin.

Co-Lin returns to Mullen Gymnasium Thursday night to host Hindsin a division doubleheader, beginning with women’s play at 6 p.m.,followed by the men.

Subscribe to our free email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

Co-Lin 82, Gulf Coast 77

The Co-Lin men improved to 5-0 in the South and 11-4 overall.The Wolves remain in first place by two games in the Southstandings.

On the night, Co-Lin was a near perfect 23 of 24 from the freethrow line, making 18 of 19 the second half.

At halftime, Gulf Coast led Co-Lin 36-34.

“We showed that we have a lot of confidence in our ability tomake free throws,” said Co-Lin men’s coach Dennis Sims. It was theWolves’ third road win in conference play.

Freshman guard Trent Hutchin led the Wolves with 25 points(including 6 treys), 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Sophomore center GregTruvillion scored 24 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, made 3 steals andhad 3 assists. Guard Corey London netted 12 points and made 3steals. Finishing with 10 points, 2 steals and 5 assists wasforward Anthony Wilcher.

Justin Ray, a 5-8 freshman guard from Gulfport, paced theBulldogs with 34 points. Luther Suggs, a 6-3 sophomore fromGulfport, fired in 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.

Gulf Coast 49, Co-Lin 39

“The Gulf Coast game was one of the worst performances that Ihave had a team to have in years,” said Co-Lin women’s coach GwynYoung. “No phase of the game did we play well. Our outside andinside shooting were terrible (making 18/74 for 24 percent). Freethrows , we were 2 of 12 or 16.7 percent and had 31 turnovers. Weonly made 3 of 30 shots outside the lane.

It was Co-Lin’s lowest point production of the season.

“Gulf Coast played really hard and did a good job in their 2-3zone defense,” continued Young.

At halftime, Gulf Coast led Co-Lin 17-16 as both teams shotpoorly.

“It is very clear that we have too many players who can’tconsistently focus on what needs to be done in the game,” addedYoung. “Every game is going to be tough so we need to learn what ittakes to be prepared mentally.

“How we played against Gulf Coast is not acceptable. We needbetter focus, effort and mental toughness. Hopefully, we will learnfrom this and run all these negatives into something positive inour games to come.”

Leading the Lady Wolves with 13 points and 12 rebounds wasYashunda Williams. Alisha Mason netted 11 points and grabbed 5rebounds. Tops off the backboards was Kristin Ellis with 15rebounds.

Gulf Coat got 13 points and 5 rebounds from Keundra Augustus.Savannah Palomarez, a former West Lincoln player who moved to LakeTapps, Wash., after her freshman season, followed with 11 pointsand 5 rebounds.