PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast coach Wendell Weathers was uncharacteristically silent on the sidelines the last five minutes of the first half.
The locker room likely wasn't so serene, and the Bulldogs reversed a slow start to beat Bishop State 73-67.
"The first half, we did absolutely nothing offensively," Weathers said. "We just had five guys running out there doing what they wanted to do. The second half, when we did what we were supposed to do, we scored, we got to the rim and got fouled. The whole complexion of the game changed."
Davion Cole-Johnson (6-4, 210, So., Pike/Glen Ellyn, Ill.) was the Bulldogs' biggest offensive threat in the first half, scoring 12 of his 16 points.
Gulf Coast (3-1), which hadn't scored less than 85 in a game, managed only 26 in the first half and trailed by eight. The Bulldogs fell behind 15-6 in the first 6 minutes, 30 seconds and couldn't get back even until Parker's three straight buckets capped an 8-0 run in to put his squad up 42-41 with 13:30 left.
"Our intensity picked up defensively," Parker said. "We tried to get the ball in the lane and score with a layup instead of taking crazy 3-pointers."
Brisco scored 11 of the Bulldog's next 13 points, and Parker added a 3-pointer and a four-point play on consecutive trips a few minutes later for a 67-54 lead.
That spurt corresponded with increased defensive pressure.
"We picked up a little bit further out on the floor and quit letting them walk it up. When we started pressuring them, they kind of threw it everywhere. Our half-court press was good."
Gulf Coast returns to action Monday at the MGCCC Thanksgiving Classic at the Weathers/Wentzell Center. The Bulldogs host Baton Rouge at 6:45 p.m., and play Southern University-Shreveport on Tuesday at 1:45 p.m.
Southern plays Faulkner State at 5 p.m. Monday, and Faulkner faces Baton Rouge at noon Tuesday.
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