Pearl River’s Cam Brown sets new career-high at Northwest
Dylan Dunaway - PRCC Sports Information Director
SENATOBIA, Miss. — Third-year sophomore Cam Brown (Hattiesburg) set a new career-high with 35 points Monday night, but the Pearl River men's basketball team fell on the road against Northwest, 73-71.
"Cam played really, really well. He kept us in striking distance," Pearl River coach Chris Oney said. "We ended up taking the lead midway through the game because of his play, but we made some crucial mistakes on defense down the stretch that lost us the game."
Oney talked about cleaning up the mistakes as his team pushes on in conference play.
"We have to play smart. We have to do the things that we talk about consistently. The guys are playing hard and trying, but we aren't carrying out and executing in crucial stretches of the game. We made a lot of mistakes to put us in that position, and we need to clean that up."
Northwest (5-10 overall; 3-3 MACCC) jumped out to a 7-2 lead to begin the game, but Pearl River (11-5; 3-3) cut it to 10-7 soon after as Carlous Williams (Hattiesburg; Harrison Central) knocked down a pull-up jumper.
The Brown takeover really got started with 17:26 remaining in the first half as the guard hit nothing-but-net on his shot from the left wing. The basket made the score 13-10. After a Northwest basket, Brown knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the arc to cut the deficit to 15-13.
Down the stretch, Brown knocked down three more jumpers to pull the Wildcats within a point at 22-21. Northwest caught fire to end the half, however, building out a 12-point 44-32 lead by the break.
PRCC looked to Brown to keep it within striking distance during the second half. He got the scoring started by getting an acrobatic layup to fall and promptly converting his and-one free throw attempt. An NWCC basket was followed by a 2-for-2 trip to the line by Dyllion Redmond (Jackson; Callaway) and an Ayub Nurhussein (Hamilton, Ontario; Toronto Basketball Academy) layup. The baskets made the score 46-39.
With the Rangers ahead 53-46, Brown drew a hard foul on a 3-point shot attempt and went to the line, where he made all three of his attempts.
At the 12:41 mark, PRCC pulled within one point at 55-54 as Williams and Brown knocked down 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions. PRCC took its first lead at 57-55 moments later as Ty Moore (Grenada) slashed inside and caught a pass from Brown for an easy basket.
The Wildcats pulled ahead 59-57 at the 9:16 mark as Brown maneuvered his way into the lane, avoided a few defenders and got a layup to fall. NWCC fought back to take a 61-59 lead, but Jermahri Hill (Bessemer, Ala.; Berkmar) caught a pass from Dylan Brumfield (Oak Grove) and slashed home a 3-pointer to put Pearl River back in front, 62-61.
Northwest quickly stretched out its lead again, and although the Wildcats made a valiant effort in the final two minutes of the game, the Rangers took the contest 73-71.
Brown's 35-point performance blew past his previous career mark of 22 points. He also finished with a team-high nine rebounds in the contest.
Hill finished with 12 points, five assists and four rebounds. Williams had 12 points and seven rebounds.
The Wildcats return to the court Thursday for a home matchup with Southwest. Tipoff inside Marvin R. White Coliseum is set for 6 p.m.
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