Four Mississippi Gulf Coast players, led by Davion Cole-Johnson, scored in double figures Thursday as the Bulldogs won at Meridian 90-83.
"I thought we played really bad tonight," Gulf Coast coach Wendell Weathers said. "We did more than play to the level of the competition. We didn't run any offense and still scored 90 points. We didn't play any defense. We didn't rebound very good. We gave up 55 points in the second half."
Gulf Coast improves to 12-1 and heads into a critical MACJC South Division showdown Monday against No. 9 Jones County at 4-0, tied with Southwest for first. The Bears beat JCJC 97-92 Tuesday.
Meridian falls to 1-8, 0-3.
Cole-Johnson (6-4, 210, So., Pike/Glen Ellyn, Ill.) had 25 points, and is averaging 30.7 points over his last three games.
Weathers said he wasn't sure if his club was looking ahead to next week with the game at Jones County followed by one at home against archrival Pearl River.
"I think they knew Meridian hadn't won very many games," he said. "I think the other thing is we've won 10 games in a row. They've become somewhat complacent with their effort."
The Bulldogs will be severely tested over the next two weeks, with games at Southwest and Hinds also on the slate.
"We're fixing to hit a four-game stretch that's going to be tough," Weathers said. "We can play well in the next four games and lose them all. If we don't play well, we'll certainly lose them all."
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