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Co-Lin basketball splits at Bishop State

MOBILE, Ala. – A close game at halftime turned into a blowout for the Copiah-Lincoln Lady Wolves on Thursday night at Bishop State Community College in Mobile. The Lady Wolves only led 25-20 over the Lady Wildcats at the break, but held Bishop State to 10 second-half points in a 58-30 victory. The Co-Lin men fought back from a 13-point deficit in the second half before falling by three, 58-55, to the Wildcats.

The Lady Wolves (3-2) started the game sluggishly after the long bus trip to Mobile. Although they never trailed in the game, Co-Lin gave up a three-pointer just before halftime that cut their lead to five. Coach Gwyn Young saw his team create turnover after turnover via their full-court pressure in the second half and steadily push the lead out past 20 points.

Co-Lin was led in scoring by Claresa Banks with 16 points. Freshman forward Brittany McDuffey scored eight points off the bench.

Imani Kirksey was the top scorer for Bishop State (1-3) with 12 points off the bench.

In the men’s game, the Wolves (1-4) found themselves going cold from the field in the first 20 minutes as they would trail Bishop State 21-16 at the half.

With just over two minutes left in regulation, it appeared Bishop State had control of the game, leading 53-45, with the ball. Over the final two minutes of the game head coach Kenny Bizot saw his group show a fight that has been a hallmark of this young Co-Lin team throughout the season. A quick 6-0 run put the Wolves back in the game and forced Bishop State to call a timeout with 1:46 left remaining and their lead cut to 53-51.

Sophomore point guard Anthony Davis would hit a driving lay-up with 15 seconds remaining that cut the Wildcats lead to 56-55. Co-Lin was forced to foul Bishop State on the inbounds and the Wildcats converted both shots from the free throw line. The Wolves got the ball back with 11 seconds left and the length of the court to go. A game tying three-point shot by Co-Lin guard Chris Steverson was off the mark and Bishop State was able to secure the rebound and the win.

Freshman guard Terry Morris was the only Co-Lin player in double figures with 11 points. Steverson, coming off a week that saw him named MACJC Player of the Week, scored eight points.

Bishop State (1-3) was led by 16 points from Haylen Washington and 11 points from Travis Anderson.

Both Co-Lin basketball teams will be off from game action during the week of Thanksgiving. Co-Lin returns to play on Monday, Dec. 2 at home as they host Mississippi Delta. The women tip at 6:00 p.m. with the men’s game to follow. Both games will be streamed live at www.colinathletics.com or listen at WMJU 104.3 FM in Brookhaven.