The Meridian Community College men’s basketball team has endured a very difficult 2013-2014 season and the squad entered its MACJC South Division game against Pearl River Community College looking to reverse its fortunes. The Eagles had lost seven straight games and was winless in South Division play as it welcomed the Wildcats to Jim Redgate Court Tuesday night. The struggles for team have been evident all season with a dismal 1-11 record, but all of the fans had a reason to smile as they left the warm Graham Gymnasium to exit into the cold Mississippi night.
Sophomore guard Corey Brister drained a three-point basket as time expired to send the Eagles into the win column with a 71-70 victory over Pearl River. MCC trailed PRCC 70-68 with just ten second remaining on the clock and MCC drove the length of the floor to try and set things up for the final shot. The Eagles were able to move the ball around to Brister in the far right corner with just under a second remaining in the game. Brister put the final shot of the game up in the air and the prayer was answered for the Eagles to defeat the Wildcats 71-70.
Brister finished the game with a team-high 22 points and 18 of his points came from beyond the three-point line. Brandon Daniels scored 14 points in the victory for MCC, while former Meridian High star William Byrd added 10 points.
MCC (2-11, 1-4) will return to action Thursday night at home against Mississippi Gulf Coast beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Lady Eagles also had plenty to smile about Thursday night as it disposed of Pearl River by a final score of 71-43. Miaya Crowder dominated the night for the Lady Eagles with 22 points and seven rebounds. Victoria Stewart scored 13 points in the win, Kristen Sampson added 10 points.
The MCC women improved to 12-2 and 4-1 in South Division play with the victory. The Lady Eagles will play again Thursday night at home against Mississippi Gulf Coast at 5:30 p.m.