Wildcats lose to Southern-Shreveport on buzzer-beater in Region 23 Tournament

CLINTON – Pearl River Community College saw its 2015-16 men’s basketball season come to a disappointing end Thursday night, as they fell to Southern-Shreveport in agonizing fashion.
Darrion Jacobs put back a missed shot at the buzzer to give the Jaguars a 68-66 victory in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus.
Third-seeded Southern-Shreveport (19-8) advanced to play East Mississippi in the semifinals. PRCC finished 16-9.
The Wildcats had a 13-point lead at halftime, 36-23, but the Jaguars shot 51.5 percent from the field in the second half to chip away at the lead.
Pearl River took a 66-64 lead with 1:11 to play when Cortez Mitchell drove the lane, drew a foul and made the free throw to complete a three-point play. But Jacobs tied it up by getting a putback with 33 seconds to go to tie it up.
The Wildcats had two shots on the next possession, but failed to score with 18 seconds left, and Southern-Shreveport got a shot inside, a miss that Jacobs tipped back into the basket as the horn sounded.
Mitchell led the Wildcats with 24 points, and Darryln Willis added 17, but he battled an aggressive double-team defense all game and struggled to find room to operate. Derion Porchia led the Jaguars with 16 points, 12 coming in the second half.
NJCAA Region 23 Tournament
At Mississippi College, Clinton
Northeast 88, Holmes 81
Northwest 97, Jones County 80
East Mississippi 89, Mississippi Gulf Coast 83
Southern-Shreveport 68, Pearl River 66
6 p.m. – Northeast (16-9) vs. Northwest (17-8); 8 p.m. – East Mississippi (19-7) vs. Southern-Shreveport (19-8).
8 p.m. – Northeast/Northwest winner vs. East Mississippi/Southern-Shreveport winner.
NJCAA Region 23 Tournament
Thursday at Clinton
Southern-Shreveport 68, Pearl River 66
SU-Shreve.      23-45 – 68
Pearl River      36-30 – 66
PEARL RIVER (16-9): William Brown 7, Cortez Mitchell 24, Dontellius Ross 8, Teddy Scott 2, Jamond Franklin 6, Jeffrey Spence 2, Darrlyn Willis 17. TOTALS: FG 17-43 (39.5%), 3FG 2-8 (25.0%), FT 27-33 (81.8%).
SOUTHERN-SHREVEPORT (19-8): Terrence Cobb 14, Amos Givan 5, DeAngelo McClinton 13, Darrion Jacobs 10, Derion Porchia 16, Jerry Murphy 2, Darrell Thomas 3, Joshua Loyd 5. TOTALS: FG 25-66 37.9%), 3FG 3-10 (30.0%), FT 7-16 (43.8%).