Wolves pick up big win over Hinds Community College

Published 12:26 am Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves got a much-needed win Thursday night in Wesson after defeating Hinds 75-69.

The win moves Co-Lin to 11-10, 4-8, and keeps them in the MACJC playoff conversation. The Hinds Bulldogs dropped to 11-10, 4-8. The Wolves are back in Mullen Gymnasium for the final time this season on Monday as Co-Lin host Meridian for sophomore night. The game will also serve as Co-Lin’s breast cancer awareness game so fans are asked to wear pink. The game, which tips at 7:30 p.m., can be seen live at colinathletics.com or heard live at WMJU 104.3 FM in Brookhaven.

“We’ve been in the games in the last two outings,” said head coach Kenny Bizot. “I’m proud of our guys and happy for them, they deserve this win and it’s really big for our program…we’re not going to play perfect basketball, but our intensity was enough to pull out a win tonight.”

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The Wolves controlled the game early on as they broke a 2-2 tie with a Demarius Brooks layup three minutes into the contest. Co-Lin held on to that lead throughout the first half and grew that lead to 11, 38-27, with 1:39 left in the half. Co-Lin led 41-30 going into the break.

The second half saw a lot more action as the Wolves grew the lead to 17, 50-33, after going on a 7-0 run early in the second. Hinds bounced back over the next 10 minutes as Co-Lin went on a scoring drought. The Bulldogs chipped the lead down to eight, 50-42, before Co-Lin’s Miles Daniels hit a three-pointer to stretch the lead back to double-digits. Hinds followed with an 8-2 run that cut the Wolves’ lead to a single possession, 57-55.

Hinds would go on to take a 62-61 lead with just 4:42 remaining in the contest. That lead grew to four, but a technical foul on Hinds put Brooks on the line and he rattled home both free throws to keep the Wolves in the ballgame. Daniels gave the Wolves the lead, 66-65, moments later on a layup after a steal. The lead changed hands several times over the next possessions, but a three-point play from Co-Lin’s Lance Madison put the Wolves up two, 71-69, with just 35 seconds to play. The Wolves forced a turnover on the ensuing Hinds’ possession and forced the Bulldogs to foul. Co-Lin hit the free throws on the other end to secure the 75-59 lead.

Brooks led Co-Lin with 23 points after going 3-of-4 from three-point range and 8-of-8 from the free throw stripe. Daniels added 20 points as he also shot 100 percent from the stripe, 4-of-4. Madison scored 13 and Cameron Woodall rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10. Madison, Woodall, and Brooks all hauled in eight rebounds on the night. Darius Kent came off the bench to lead the Wolves in assists with four.

Malik Henry and Dontrell McQuarter led Hinds with 13 points each, while Kenneth Lewis posted a team-best 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

Co-Lin shot 44 percent (26-of-59) from the floor, 35 percent (7-of-20) from three-point range, and 80 percent (16-of-20) from the free throw line. The Bulldogs shot 45 percent (27-of-60) from the floor, 39 percent (7-of-18) from downtown, and 62 percent (8-of-13) from the stripe. Co-Lin outrebounded the Bulldogs 37 to 35.