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PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast wiped the floor up with Southern University-Shreveport in the team's first meeting early in the season, winning 90-49.
Bulldogs coach Wendell Weathers doesn't expect a similar outcome when the teams meet in the first-round of the Region 23 Tournament in Clinton on Wednesday. Tipoff at Mississippi College is at 1 p.m.
"It's hard to wrap your mind around why we beat them so bad the first time, because I certainly didn't expect that," he said. "It was last day before Thanksgiving, and maybe they had one foot on the floor and one out the door."
Gulf Coast (18-6) finished third in the Region 23 regular-season standings, with Shreveport (14-8) finishing sixth.
The Bulldogs led by as many as 35 in the first half and shot better than 49 percent from the field in the game.
"I thought our guys played really, really well that game," Weathers said. "It might have been the best 40 minutes we played all year."
Shreveport, however, beat Holmes twice during the regular season. Holmes knocked Gulf Coast out of the MACJC Tournament last week in Ellisville.
Before Monday's session, Weathers praised his team's preparation through the first two days of practices.
"We've got to realize this is a one-time shot," Weathers said. "I don't know if we bought into that against Holmes in the state tournament. They don't play a conference tournament, so this is what their season is wrapped around. They're going to be ready to play this game, and they want to prove that that first time was a fluke."
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