Pearl River Community College couldn’t get any offensive momentum built against Southwest Thursday night, and the result was a 60-47 defeat at the hands of the Bears in men’s basketball action at M.R. White Coliseum.
PRCC dropped to 9-2 overall and 1-1 in the South Division. Southwest improved to 8-3 and 2-0.
The Wildcats came into the game averaging 85 points a game, but fell well short of that against the Bears.
Pearl River shot 37 percent from the field, hit just 4 of 20 attempts from 3-point range and converted just 3 of 11 foul shots. The Wildcats also were outrebounded 38-31.
The two teams traded the lead six times in the early going, before Rodrick Sikes swished 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to give the Bears a lead they would never relinquish. Sikes had 20 points to lead Southwest.
The Bears led 26-21 at halftime and methodically pulled away in the second half, leading by as many as 18 points.
Freshman Rodney Mallett (Lexington) scored a season-high 15 points to lead the Wildcats. Branden Sheppard added 12 points, and Adrian Williams had 12 rebounds for PRCC.
Pearl River is back at home to face Jones County at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the first basketball Cat Fight of the season.
PRCC BASKETBALL SUMMARY
Thursday at Poplarville
Southwest 60, Pearl River 47
Southwest 26 34 – 60
Pearl River 21 26 – 47
SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI (8-3, 2-0 in South Division): Jeremy Harrell 2, James Hawthorne 11, Antonio Cowart Jr. 6, Rodrick Sikes 20, Sean Smith 4, Emanuel Thompson 11, Mike Parks Jr. 3, Bryce Baker 3.
PEARL RIVER (9-2, 1-1 in South Division): Jarrod Rigby 3, Rodney Mallett 15, Ryan McRaney 3, Adrian Williams 6 (12 rebounds), Cameron Douglas 6, Jamani Glover 2, Branden Sheppard 12.