POPLARVILLE, Miss. - The Baton Rouge Community College basketball teams split a doubleheader with Pearl River (Miss.) Community College on Monday night.
The BRCC women’s team claimed a 59-58 win over Pearl River on a last-seconds jumper by forward Talaih Robertson before the men dropped a 68-47 decision in the nightcap.
Coach Paula Lee’s Lady Bears improved their road record to 8-2 when Robertson tossed in a 12-foot jumper from the left baseline with less than 3 seconds to play.
The shot helped BRCC (10-4) come all the way back from a 15-point deficit that the Lady Bears started chipping away late in the first half after Lee began substituting liberally and started pressuring full-court.
Robertson came off the bench to score 11 points and grab seven rebounds. She also blocked two shots.
Two other subs - guard Courtney Chargois and forward Brittney Brown - had 19 and 10 points, respectively, to help fuel the victory.
BRCC trailed 27-24 at halftime.
“I think the young kids are growing up,” Lee said. “Without a doubt, the bench played a key role in us winning. If the bench (players) hadn’t stepped up, we wouldn’t have won that game.”
Levie Wright had a team-high 12 points and Patrick Agho chipped in with eight points for the BRCC men (1-11).
The Lady Bears will next play on Dec. 8 when they travel to Bay Minette, Ala., to take on Faulkner State Community College, while the men’s team will host Lamar State College on Dec. 5.