Pearl River Community College used a strong finish in the first half to take command, then ran Copiah-Lincoln out of M.R. White Coliseum in the second half, streaking to an 82-67 victory Thursday night in men’s basketball action.
The Wildcats completed their season with a 14-9 overall record, but their 6-8 mark in the South Division will keep them out of the MACJC State Tournament for the first time in several seasons. The Wolves also ended their season, finishing 10-13 and 4-10.
Co-Lin jumped out to an early 16-9 lead, but PRCC answered with a 7-0 run that tied it up 16-16. The Wolves used timely 3-point shooting to rebuild a five-point margin, but sophomore Eli Arcement quickly made short work of that deficit and set Pearl River on the road to victory.
PRCC led 40-32 at halftime and quickly opened up a double-digit lead that was never threatened once play resumed in the second half.
Arcement, playing his final game for the Wildcats, swished 4 of 8 shots from 3-point range in the first half, and finished with a game-high 21 points. Freshman Javontae McDavid had a season-high 12 points and sophomore Adrian Williams added 10 points.
PRCC BASKETBALL SUMMARY
Thursday at Poplarville
Pearl River 82, Copiah-Lincoln 67
Co-Lin 32 35 – 67
Pearl River 40 42 – 82
COPIAH-LINCOLN (10-13, 4-10 in South Division): Anthony Jones 11, Darrian Wilson 5, Trae Thompson 3, Tyrell McArthur 12, Ronnie Edwards 4, Carl Terrell 4, Johnnelius Anderson 2, Youry White 6, Mike McWilliams 5.
PEARL RIVER (14-9, 6-8 in South Division): Javontae McDavid 12, Rodney Mallett 8, Ryan McRaney 2, Adrian Williams 10, Cameron Douglas 8 (9 rebounds), Cameron Douglas 18, Eli Arcement 21, Craig Barnes 3, Leon Hampton 2, Branden Sheppard 7 (9 rebounds).