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Floyd leads 97-88 Wolves win

Jonathan Floyd led Co-Lin with 35 points Monday as Co-Lin defeated Gulf Coast 97-88.

“We out rebounded them tonight and that was huge for us. We just really stepped up and made some great plays late,” said Co-Lin head coach Kenny Bizot. “Our team is just made up of competitors, we show up ready to practice and want to make each other better. That’s what makes this team different.”

The Wolves fell behind early as Co-Lin struggled with the three-point shot. The shooting woes allowed the Bulldogs to pull away to an eight point lead, 17-9 with 12:18 remaining in the opening half. The Wolves fought back over the next six minutes and tied the game for the first time at 26-26 with 6:29 left on the clock.

A 13-3 Co-Lin run over the final minutes gave the Wolves a 41-33 lead with a few seconds left. Gulf Coast hit a three-pointer in the final seconds of the half giving the Wolves a 41-36 advantage going to the locker room.

Floyd took over in the second half, as Co-Lin never relinquished their lead. The Wolves lived by the three-ball, rattling home 9-of-18 in the second half, four of which were made by Floyd. Tray Lawson came off the bench for the Wolves and performed well, as Youry White, Anthony Jones and Damarius Brooks continued to hit big shots and get defensive stops.

Gulf Coast cut the Wolves’ lead to just eight 12 different times in the final 15 minutes of the game, but Co-Lin always found a way to hold off the Bulldogs.

Floyd’s 35 points, a career high, led the Wolves. White posted yet another double-double, with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Jones scored 14 and brought down nine rebounds. Brooks rounded out the Wolves’ double-figure scorers with 10 points. Brooks and Floyd led Co-Lin with six assists each.

Co-Lin shot 53 percent (36-for-68) from the field, 39 percent (14-for-36) from the three-point line and 79 percent (11-for-14) from the foul stripe. The Bulldogs finished the night shooting 53 percent (32-for-61) from the field, 47 percent (9-for-19) from beyond the arc and 71 percent (15-for-21) from the free throw line.

The MACJC South Division win moves the Wolves to 16-2 on the year and 7-2 in the division. The Wolves are back in Wesson Thursday at 8 p.m. as Co-Lin hosts Hinds Community College.