The Meridian Community College Eagles fell to the undefeated Pearl River Community College Wildcats Monday night. The Eagles stuck with the Wildcats for much of the first half but couldn't keep pace. The Eagles mounted a furious comeback in the 2nd half but ended up falling by the score of 62-61.
The visiting Wildcats jumped out to a 9-3 lead but the Eagles were able to make a run to tie it at 9-9 with 15:00 left in the 1st half. The game would remain close throughout much of the first half. The Wildcats began to pull away and built a 37-26 lead heading into the break.
The Eagles mounted a furious comeback in the 2nd half and took the lead 54-53 with 3:00 left. The Eagles would see the lead grow to 61-56 with under 1:00 to go. The Wildcats scored a couple of quick baskets and sank two clutch free throws to gain back the 1 point advantage. The Eagles were unable to get off a final shot before the buzzer sounded.
Kylan Hamilton was the leading scorer for the Eagles with 17 points. Alex Oguinn added 10 points on the night.
With the loss the Eagles fall to 7-8 on the season. The Eagles will return to action Thursday, January 31 at Jones College. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.