Mississippi Gulf Coast lost its share of the MACJC South lead Monday, falling 89-71 at Southwest in Summit.
It was the most lopsided loss of the season for the Bulldogs.
"We're going to have rough nights if we don't do a better job rebounding," Gulf Coast coach Wendell Weathers said. "We got destroyed on the boards. That's where the whole thing went."
The Bears outrebounded the Bulldogs 46-28.
Davion Cole-Johnson (6-4, 210, So., Pike/Glen Ellyn, Ill.) led Gulf Coast with 21 points, 17 of which came in the second half. He also had a team-high five rebounds.
Gulf Coast (13-3, 5-2) falls out of its first-place tie atop the South Division, leaving Southwest (12-4, 6-1) tied with Jones County (15-1, 6-1). Southwest owns the tiebreaker over JCJC.
"We've got seven games left, and we're only one game out of first," Weathers said. "I would not be surprised if first, second and third place comes down to the last game of the season."
Gulf Coast returns to action Thursday at Hinds. The Bulldogs tip off in Raymond at 7:30 p.m. That will finish a five-game stretch that sees them play only once at home.
Their next home game is Feb. 6 when Copiah-Lincoln visits.
"We have to win the games we're supposed to win," Weathers said. "If we can get past Hinds Thursday, we've got four of the last six at home. The schedule is going to come back to us."
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