Wolves defeat No. 24 Mississippi Gulf Coast in OT

Published 12:00 pm Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Daily Leader / Natalie Davis / Co-Lin's Dearius Griffin (1) scores against Gulf Coast's Zach Parker (5) in men's JUCO action Monday night at Mullen Gymnasium.

Co-Lin Media / Natalie Davis / Co-Lin’s Dearius Griffin (1) scores against Gulf Coast’s Zach Parker (5) in men’s JUCO action Monday night at Mullen Gymnasium.

WESSON – For a second straight game the Co-Lin Wolves (4-12, 2-5) had to go to overtime as they defeated the No. 24 ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast Bulldogs 105-101 in a South Division matchup Monday night.

The Wolves travel to Hinds Community College in Utica on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

The game was extremely physical from the tip off to the final buzzer. The teams combined for 58 fouls in the contest. Late in the game, the Wolves had four players foul out, three of which were starters. The Co-Lin bench came up big with an impressive performance. The action was back and forth with 15 lead changes throughout the game due to hot shooting by both teams. The game was tied at 88-all at the end of regulation.

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In the overtime period, the Wolves pulled away with clutch shooting, scoring their final 12 points from the free throw line.

“It was a great win for us,” said Co-Lin head coach Kenny Bizot. “We focused for those extra five minutes. We have put ourselves in a hole this season, so we have to win games like this.”

Point guard Jonathon Dalton led the Wolfpack with 30 points and seven assists. Sophomore Darius Kennedy added 16 points. Terik Richardson came off the bench to pump in 16 points and grab nine rebounds. Chris Williams had a double-double adding 10 points and 10 rebounds. Donte’ Watson and Tyler Turner netted 10 points apiece.

The Bulldogs were led by Deshawn Jones with a game-high 25 points and four assist. Anfernee Hampton added 22 points and five rebounds. Davion Cole-Johnson dropped in 19 points and grabbed five boards. Zach Parker finished with 17 points.

The Wolves shot 44 percent (23-of-73) from the field, 36 percent (8-of-22) from beyond the arc, and 75 percent (33-of-44) from the line. The Bulldogs shot 44 percent (32-of-72) from the field, 41 percent (9-of-22) from beyond the arc, and 72 percent (28-of-39) from the foul line.