PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast jumped out of the blocks quickly against Meridian on Thursday night, but a first-half surge by the Eagles sent them to a 73-60 victory at the Weathers/Wentzell Center.
Gulf Coast falls to 8-4, 1-2 MACJC South, while Meridian improves to 4-8 with its first division win.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first 4:36 of play, but a 17-2 run by the Eagles put them up 23-13 midway through the half.
Gulf Coast trimmed the lead to four with 5:42 left in the half on back-to-back 3-pointers by Abdul Dial (So, West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman) and Tavonn Tyson (Fr, Biloxi/Biloxi), but its deficit expanded to eight by halftime.
The Bulldogs never got closer than five points in the second half.
Gulf Coast returns to action Saturday in the snow-delayed game at East Central. Tipoff in Decatur is scheduled for 3 p.m. The Bulldogs return to action in Perkinston on Monday when Jones County visits for a 7 p.m. start.
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