POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College put the pedal to the metal late in the first half, and never looked back in an 87-65 rout of Meridian in men’s basketball action Monday night at M.R. White Coliseum.
PRCC remained undefeated at 7-0 overall with the win in its South Division opener. Meridian dropped to 2-5 and 0-1.
The Eagles hung with the Wildcats for the first 10 minutes of the game. After Meridian tied the game 15-15 midway through the period, PRCC got a four-point play by sophomore Rodney Mallett (Lexington) on a 3-pointer and a foul shot to take the lead for good.
Pearl River outscored Meridian 29-7 over the final nine minutes of the first half to lead 44-22 at halftime, and led by as many as 29 points in the second half.
Freshman Cedric Brim Jr. (Tupelo) scored 23 points to lead the Wildcats. Freshman Eric Thornton Jr. (Jackson) added 14 points, sophomore Cameron Douglas (Columbus) had 11 points and redshirt sophomore Jerrod Rigby had 10.
PRCC will return to action at 4 p.m. Jan. 6, hosting Capital City Prep, then Delgado (La.) visits for 7:30 p.m. game on Jan. 9. The Wildcats resume division p lay on Jan. 11 at Southwest.
PRCC BASKETBALL SUMMARY
Monday at Poplarville
Pearl River 87, Meridian 65
MCC 22 43 – 65
PRCC 44 43 – 87
MERIDIAN (2-5, 0-1 in South): Alex Perry 12, Chris Moody 2, Eric Fuller 18, Tarrance Davis 4, Timothy Lacey 18, Dontaidrae Scott 7..
PEARL RIVER (7-0, 1-0 in South): Jonas James III 7, Cedric Brim Jr. 23, Rodney Mallett 6, Eric Thornton Jr. 14, Brandon Cranford 6, Cameron Douglas 11, Jerrod Rigby 10, Ray Anderson 4, Brandon Kimble 4, Kirk Parker 1, Jarvtavious Dobbs 4.